The Mayor's Commitment to Public School Gardens
Message from the Mayor
In New York City, nothing is more important than the health and wellbeing of our children. That’s why our Administration is committed to helping young New Yorkers understand how eating fresh food and preparing their own meals can help them lead longer, healthier lives.
As a part of these critically important efforts, we’ve launched the Citywide School Gardens Initiative. This program will help schools create or connect with local gardens where children can learn where their food comes from and develop an appreciation for the environment, all while getting some fresh air and exercise. We’ll make our urban landscapes more beautiful, enhance our school curricula, and help young people enjoy the lifelong benefits of physical fitness and a good diet. From City Hall Park and Gracie Mansion to Randall’s Island, “Learning Gardens” are sprouting up all over the City, and children are tending the snow peas, cabbage, lettuce, onions, and broccoli they need to grow up healthy and strong.
From GreenThumb gardens to public housing gardens to countless community gardens, so many of our residents are greening our neighborhoods and greening their diets, too. I encourage all New Yorkers to lend their time and talents to the NYC School Gardens Initiative, and join us as we get our hands dirty for a great cause—our kids!
Michael R. Bloomberg