First Annual Staten Island School Garden Summit Highlights Earth Day ProgressIMG_0504

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The Garden Summit provided educators and attendees with resources, garden-based learning curriculum and best practices to enhance a school’s overall sustainable landscape. Breakfast will be provided by the New York Wheel. Staten Island is the greenest borough in NYC, yet has some of the highest rates of preventable illnesses. SIPCW is working with partners to increase opportunities for healthy eating and active living to reduce the burden of chronic disease. School gardens, as part of a comprehensive strategy, have been shown to increase youth’s willingness to try and consume fruits & vegetables, increase physical activity and enhance academic instruction

The morning summit began with keynote speaker, Tony Hillery, Founder of Harlem Grown. Adrian Wilton director of Living Restoration will facilitate the forum. Workshops from various partners will demonstrate gardening best practices and provide resources.