2010-11-19 / Community

Ocean Bay Community Center Rejuvenates Veggie Garden

Students at the Ocean Bay Community Center started the school year in September with their feet planted sturdily in the ground ... of their outdoor vegetable garden, that is. The garden, which was started a few years ago under the initiative of the Rockaway Waterfront Alliance (RWA), was once again brought back to life with the help of educators Elizabeth Gilchrist and Keneisha Turner, and the enthusiastic students who are currently participating in the Afterschool Program with RWA. Both the students and people from the community were excited to see the garden brought back to life after the dreaded heat wave of this past summer. With the onset of September’s harvest moon, the students received public attention from onlookers who were surprised to see the hard work they were putting into the garden. After plucking away weeds, plowing, aerating and applying natural manure to the soil, they were able to reap what was ready to be harvested for this season, as well as plant seeds to reap for next year. Every week the students monitor the garden and do practical hands-on activities related to sustainability and the urban environment in which they live. In many ways, they are working from the ground up, but as the year so far has proven, with their hard work and dedication the students will undoubtedly continue to reap the wealth of their labor. RWA encourages the public to, “Make sure to notice the garden the next time you pass the Ocean Bay Community Center to see what the kids are growing.”

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