Succulent plants in a greenhouse at the New York Botanical Garden.


New Bronx Garden Plants Seeds For A Healthy Future

June 14, 2018 - 12:30 pm

NEW YORK (1010 WINS) — The New York Botanical Garden wants you to get your hands dirty — and learn about gardening and healthy living in the process.

Today marks the grand opening of the Edible Academy, the NYBG's new site offering an apiary, nursery, gardens, solar panels and classrooms. 

The Edible Academy isn't meant to just be a walk through the park. Visitors are encouraged to take part in educational programs where the whole family can learn how to garden and cook healthy food.

"When all of us have a chance to experience something we don't get enough of in urban life, it's crucial," Mayor Bill DeBlasio said at the grand opening. "It opens our eyes, it opens our minds, it makes us think and feel things."

With the garden being in the Bronx, an area with one of the highest rates of food insecurity in the nation, kids in the area can now get easy access to lessons about healthy eating. Students from P.S. 46 and P.S. 93 in the Bronx already got a head start by spending their morning presenting the first harvest at the new garden.

"In this nation of abundance, we have the strangest contradiction that there's more food than we could possibly use in America, but not enough of it gets to the right people. And a lot of the food that does get to people is not healthy enough," DeBlasio said. "And here you're righting that wrong. You're teaching our young people what healthy, natural food is from the very beginning of their lives. You're teaching them how to grow it, and that makes it very personal and makes it very real."

Visitors can test out their green thumb at this weekend's grand opening celebration full of tours, cooking demos, hands-on gardening projects and live music.