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.
This summer, BOD once again taught a summer camp based on the Urban Design and Sustainability Program. In this five week camp, we worked with third through fifth graders from the Renaissance Charter School summer program. Watch our video to learn more about this exciting experience!
Monica Ibacache, Executive Director
Winter 2018 - Partners and Plans
2018 is off to a great start for Beyond Organic Design! It may be cold outside, but our instructors are busy at work teaching, curriculum planning and preparing for the amazing growing season ahead of us. While the groundhog may have seen his shadow, we are hoping for some warm days that will allow us to get our students outside sooner!
This spring and summer our partners have many exciting things happening and we’re thrilled to jump right in. For example, ….
One of our year long partnerships is with the YM & YWHA of Washington Heights & Inwood. We are working with several of their programs including their Nursery School, Be-Me After School and Columbia Secondary School (CSS) After School. Through these programs we are working with students 3 years to 14 years, and we’re having a blast doing it!
Other BOD partnerships are with the Renaissance Charter School and Central Park East II. Please follow our social media channels for photos and updates from our classes.
Read more about our BOD partners:
YM & YWHA
Beyond Organic Design has partnered with YM & YWHA, supporting their innovative and hands on educational programming made available to their communities.
Our permaculture program has merged with their edible rooftop garden and serves their preschool and after school program, kindergarten to fifth grade. BOD moves edible gardens towards becoming vibrant outdoor classroom and the Y’s rooftop garden is no different. Students are busy creating animal habit, learn about native plants and local wildlife. Through integration children learn about urban ecology and agriculture.
Philip Randolph High School
The R.E.C.O. club is a student-run green club supervised by school faculty. They combine the science-based urban sustainability agenda with community service and volunteer work. Our partnership with these inspiring, engaged students is a natural one in that it aligns with our values of civic engagement and solutions oriented approaches to urban sustainability. Their rooftop greenhouse is being rehabilitated but meanwhile we are starting seeds and preparing for the upcoming growing season. Our spring fundraiser will be a plant sale. They will offer vegetables, herbs, and flowers to their communities, all proceeds going to fund their club.
Renaissance Charter School
The Renaissance Charter School (TRCS) is on the cutting edge of responsible, progressive public education.
BOD's collaboration with TRCS created NYC's first free, full time permaculture summer program. The Urban Design & Sustainability Program (UDSP) launched in 2016, currently renewed for its third year. Year round BOD also supporting TRCS with their Leadership Program a year long internship class that teaches job skills and career readiness. As well as their upcoming Little Sizzle program that is a weeklong service learning program.
Central Park East II
Beyond Organic Design’s partnership with Central Park East II is based on our shared vision of progressive education that allows children to learn how to be creative and critical thinkers. Central Park East II 's mission includes educating children to know that they can make a difference in the world.
Our collaboration includes the integration of the edible garden and urban sustainability into their science curriculum. We’re working with students to incorporate composting, plant science, and cooking into their weekly science time.
BOD's collaboration with Be Me Afterschool Program with grades Kindergarten through Fifth.