Keeping it green: Urban farming and planting program to expand to more Brooklyn schools

The students at Rachel Carson High School for Coastal Studies won’t be the only Brooklyn learners getting this opportunity – the program is set to be introduced in 12 more schools within Rep. Jeffries’ district.

Julio Avila and Adolfo Carrion

Apr 4, 2023, 9:57 PM

Updated 421 days ago

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Brooklyn students at select schools will be seeing a lot more green on their campuses, as one congressman joined kids at a Coney Island school to present funds for teaching students about urban farming and planting.  
Rep. Hakeem Jeffries was at Rachel Carson High School to present $500,000 in federal money to New York Sun Works, the organization providing the hydroponic farms to the schools.  
Students will be able to practice urban farming in their schools, and teachers will also reap the rewards of a greener school environment.
“It was incredible to see first-hand the enthusiasm, the engagement, and the interest of these brilliant and creative students,” said Jeffries.  
The students at the school won’t be the only Brooklyn learners getting this opportunity – the program is set to be introduced in 12 more schools within Rep. Jeffries’ district.  
"What I didn't anticipate was how much this partnership would change me as an educator, giving me the opportunity to learn new things and be the kind of science teacher I wanted to be,” said Hannah O’Leary, urban agriculture teacher at Rachel Carson High School.
The program expansion is set for this summer. 


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