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UAlbany Hosts Schuyler School Garden Harvest

Contact: Karl Luntta (518) 437-4980

ALBANY, N.Y. (October 7, 2003) -- The students of Philip Schuyler Elementary School today shared the harvest of their successful garden, sponsored by the University at Albany and the Kids Growing Food (KGF) program, with dignitaries including Albany Mayor Gerald Jennings and Dean Katharine Briar-Lawson of University at Albany School of Social Welfare.

The Kids Growing Food (KGF) program, started in 1998 with funds from the New York State Attorney General's Office, has engaged thousands of New York and Mid-Atlantic region students, teachers, and community volunteers in a wide range of schoolyard food garden projects.

“The Kids Growing Food program gives our City’s children the opportunity to learn how to grow and maintain a food garden. I am grateful to all those involved in this program for their commitment to children,” said Mayor Jennings.

The Schuyler school garden sits on University at Albany grounds near the University's School of Social Welfare on the downtown campus. The Social Welfare school has collaborated with Philip Schuyler School on numerous initiatives, including the Parent Resource Center, a program to extend the classroom learning experience into the home, and the Time Dollar Program, in which children buy school supplies with "time dollars" earned through volunteer service in their school or community.

"Our University's School of Social Welfare partnership the past three years with Philip Schuyler school is working to address the barriers in advancing their children's education. The development and implementation of this hands-on experience for kids growing food -- at their school -- is one more example of making a difference in the lives of these children and their families," said Dean Briar-Lawson.

KGF is administered by Cornell University's New York Agriculture in the Classroom, which has provided grants to help schools initiate or maintain food gardens on their school campuses or easily accessible off-campus sites. In addition, participating schools receive agriculture-related education materials and support services. All garden site teachers receive professional development training at workshops held around New York and Mid-Atlantic states.

In return for grant money and other support, Kids Growing Food grant recipients agree to plant 60 percent of the garden with edible fruits and vegetables, develop a plan for summer maintenance, publicize the garden, and file a Final Report on their garden experience. Final reports from Kids Growing Food grant recipients show that Kids Growing Food gardens involve numerous audiences including teachers, students, school personnel, farmers, local agriculture businesses, and other community volunteers.

For more information on the Kids Growing Food program, visit http://cerp.cornell.edu/kgf/moreinfo.asp.

 

Established in 1844 and designated a center of the State University of New York in 1962, the University at Albany's broad mission of excellence in undergraduate and graduate education, research and public service engages 17,000 diverse students in eight degree-granting schools and colleges. The University is engaged in a $500 million fundraising campaign, the most ambitious in its history, with the goal of placing it among the nation's top 30 public research universities by the end of the decade. For more information about this nationally ranked University, visit www.albany.edu


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