Greetings from Beyond Organic Design! It has been awhile since you’ve heard from us and we have been busy.
BOD had a great summer and our 2018-19 school year is going strong. Our innovative STEAM programming that blends design, agriculture, arts, culinary, ecology, and sustainability is continuing to be a hit with children, parents and teachers alike.
During our third summer of the six week Urban Design and Sustainability Program (UDSP), 40 Queens students ages 8-10 joined us once again at The Renaissance Charter School (TRCS) rooftop garden. Special thanks to our school partner at TRCS and funder at NYC Department of Youth and Child Development (DYCD).
This fall we returned to teaching our program and rooftop garden at YM & YWHA of Washington Heights & Inwood to students ages Preschool to Fifth grade. We diversified our composting by adding vermiculture, our students are mostly fascinated with our earthworms and their black gold casting.
At Central Park East 2, this is our third year of partnership.This Spanish Harlem elementary school has invited BOD to guest teach weekly their indoor heated greenhouse that includes a hydroponic system. We will be able to grow vegetables year round! This project also brings in a third partner and new collaborator with the Children’s Aid Society of NYC.