Programs

Our Programs


Programming

The HPCG programming subcommittee runs horticultural programming in two New Rochelle public schools, Trinity Elementary and Barnard Early Childhood Center. Grants from the New Rochelle Fund for Educational Excellence ($1,000) and Westchester County ($10,000) provide for this programming. Our garden educators are retired teachers who have taught series on seeds, vegetable gardening and propagation and have installed raised garden beds. We are working with Trinity Elementary staff and administration to create a multi-year series of garden programming that runs from first grade through fifth grade. The horticultural programming greatly enhances the curriculum of these students who hail from low income homes; 62% of Trinity students and 51% of Barnard students receive free or reduced lunch.

We host a popular series of FREE yoga sessions that coincide with the summer concerts. We have also hosted gardening seminars given by Cornell Cooperative Master Gardeners at the New Rochelle Public Library.

Our group has hosted Hudson Park cleanup events with Monroe College and LAZ Parking, We have hosted pumpkin painting during NRCA’s ArtsFest for the last two years. We have collaborated with Ward Acres and Lincoln Park Community Gardens in distributing Canna plants.

Once established, we will host education programs in our greenhouse and perhaps also to have a demonstration garden plot. In the past the Hudson Park greenhouses were used for horticultural therapy sessions to promote wellness for the special needs students of the nearby Hallen School, and we hope to bring back that program. We are looking to educate people of all ages and backgrounds, with an emphasis on children. Previously the greenhouses contained a collection of succulent plants and orchids. We hope to bring back similar collections.


 by Karen Hessel

"Popcorn Project" at Trinity Elementary

Programming

Inquisitive children at Trinity Elementary are halfway through a three-class series that traces kernels of corn to a warm bowl of hot popcorn in the “Popcorn Project.”  Educators from Hudson Park Children&...


 by Karen Hessel

“All About Seeds” -- First Grade

Programming

First graders in Trinity and Barnard Schools participated in a program designed to introduce them to the concepts involved in seed germination. They explored:

  • Life cycle of plants
  • Pods collected fro...

 by Karen Hessel

“How to Grow Vegetables” -- Trinity Raised Garden Beds

Programming

Thanks to a grant from the New Rochelle Fund for Educational Excellence, raised beds were constructed and each first grade class planted a variety of crops: lettuce, sunflowers, marigolds, radishes and popcorn. Instruction...


 by Karen Hessel

“All About Popcorn” -- Second Grade

Programming

After harvesting the crops from the raised beds, students will explore the popcorn plant and enjoy a culinary experience.They will:

·Identify the parts of the corn seed and stalk

·Make sketches co...