P231k @ 180 School Garden and Workshops

What does a school do with grant funds for a garden project, with no school garden experience, and an 8-week deadline to complete the project? They call us!

A science teacher from P231k @180 reached out to us, looking for help with a Department of Sustainability grant they had won.

We helped them implement a small school garden and conducted a 6 week series of workshops for their students with special needs.

Research shows that spending time outdoors and working with plants helps us in many ways. Students are able to make connections with what they learn in science, math, language arts, and other subjects as they are guided through projects aligned with state educational standards.

All of our senses are engaged and we benefit from fresh air, physical movement, working with others to complete tasks, and observation of nature’s elements. Plus the ability to learn about, grow and eat fresh and healthy vegetables!

Students develop their connection to plants, the health of their bodies, and the well-being of the planet.

 

CCHR Staff Wellness Day Retreat

The New York City Commission on Human Rights works to inform on and enforce the laws affecting our human and civil rights. Not a light job.

The wonderful CCHR NYC management team reached out to us to assist with their first Staff Wellness Day Retreat.

Environmental Education goes hand-in-hand with wellness and self-care, as, we are extensions of the planet.

When one system is out of balance, it affects every other interconnected system.

Therefore, even small acts to rebalance ourselves can have great and far-reaching effects!

#CCHR #wellbeing #mentalhealthday #employeewellnessday #HUMANservices #companydayretreat #selfcare

As project manager, I coordinated logistics and curated a team of skilled wellness and self-care professionals, each with a passion for sharing knowledge and rebuilding community.

They guided CCHR staff through group #yoga sessions in the park, planting #succulent companions to grow with at work or at home, participants also learned about the effects of #essential oils to make #aromatherapy stress relief sprays, and explored the power of #nativeplants, with an #herb walk and talk.

Some just came to relax with co-workers, play games, or lay in the grass under a shady tree and relax in beautiful NYC’s 3rd largest park, Van Cortlandt Park in the Bronx!

#itsmypark #vancortlandtpark #lookup #nativeplants #botanywalk #yogainthepark #bronxnyc #itdidntrain!

 

AHRC Herbal Soapmaking Workshop

We LOVE working with our community partners. Like AHRC, a nationwide organization providing services for people with physical and developmental disabilities. Their dedicated staff assists clients in developing life skills in our fast-paced environments.

A local NYC branch wanted to bring an entrepreneurial and sensory aspect to their program, so invited us in for an herbal soapmaking workshop. We guided 15 of their staff and clients in making natural soaps that they will use for fundraising purposes.

Everyone enjoyed smelling the fragrant herbs and oils of Lavender, Lemonbalm, Mint, Rose, and Chamomile and came up with creative great scent and texture combinations for their soaps.

PS 84 SCHOOL GARDEN & ECOLOGY PROGRAM

We created a site-specific program to suit the educational goals of this school.

We can do it for you too!

10-month, indoor-outdoor, programming for grades K-5th in gardening, ecology, nutrition, and sustainability integrating NY Learning Standards. This STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math) focused curriculum connects all concepts, vocabulary, and experiences through learning about our connection to plants!

Students learn how to grow and care for edible plants, the nutritional and anecdotal information about plant varieties, how the local ecology of insects and animals affects plants, how our build and natural environments work together, and so much more in programs like this.

This project also included a 12-month garden planting plan and maintenance.

PS 130 Bronx- 5th Grade Garden & Compost Instruction

We helped a public elementary school prep their garden plot in the Fall for planting in Spring, and they wanted to learn about compost.

60 5th grade students in a 7-week, push-in program during the school day.

Lessons on the built and natural environment and our need for both. Indoor/outdoor activities on weeds (the good and the bad), how seeds travel and grow, the in’s and out’s of composting and caring for an indoor worm bin, and how it benefits a garden by providing nutrients, prepared the student groups for a school presentation on how to care for a garden.

So much to learn from the soil!

AMS II Charter School Educational Garden Re-design & Install

Dedicated science and math teachers working to turn their neglected garden into a usable, active learning space.
Projects are often started by school admin but sometimes teachers reach out for support.

We helped coordinate the project from start to finish. Listening to their goals to use the space for the instruction of Math, Science, and Language Arts, the design and plants selected will help the teachers manage the space while providing great hands-on opportunities for their students.
Garden Planning & Installation Services.

The Brook Park Time Machine Curriculum Development

Beazer’s Garden worked with the Visual Arts educational organization, Studio Rev, to create a curriculum of activities for a local community garden, looking to build on their educational connection to the neighborhood.

A grant for environmental art projects helped these organizations work together to teach visitors of the popular garden space about the interdependent relationship of our built and natural environments, through a theme of past, present & future.

What do we know about the history of our city environment? How have we affected native plant and animal species?

What can we do to help restore it? Join our conversation!

Herbal Workshop Series with Urban Innovations

Urban Innovations supports people to connect and contribute to their home community of Harlem. We ally with people who have been segregated to deepen their connections in their community through work, learning, creativity, and contribution.”

Beazer’s Garden Workshops worked with a group of NYC entrepreneurs, talking to them about the differences between natural and chemical-based beauty products and producing them as a fundraising project.

In a series of four workshops, in this case, scheduled as one special event every month, we showed them how to make lip balm, a healing salve, sugar scrub, and herbal soaps with natural, non-toxic ingredients that they can sell to generate income for their cooperative business.

PS 87 Bronx- 2nd Grade Garden Install, Curriculum Development & Instruction

Having a school garden program does take some effort. But with a little upfront planning and work, your students can enjoy growing plants in their own school garden!

It started with 45 students, 12 weeks, and a 15’x110’ strip of space. This 2-part project: (1) install and maintain a small garden space, (2) provide garden education workshops for 2nd-grade students.

Students are prepared with knowledge of rules, terms, and tools of working in a garden. From decomposers to soil composition, from seeds to seasons, from growing their own food to the interconnections of the ecosystem, students build new vocabulary, learn new skills and develop an appreciation for how plants grow and their role in making it happen.

We started with communication and goal setting with teachers. A series of lessons was created related to ELA/SS thematic units “Facing Challenges & Change”, “Scenes to reveal Point of view” and Science/Math units on plant science.

Topics were covered through hands-on gardening workshops combined with journaling and science activities and worksheets.

The teachers were able to use provided worksheets to substitute lessons in their classroom or as templates to create their own supplemental sheets.

The 5th graders, ready to almost graduate but still wanting to contribute to their school started a school beautification project on school grounds.

Students explored topics through experiments with seed growth, observation of plant structure and parts, the importance of green spaces, and how we interact within those spaces.

Montefiore Hospital Healing Arts Herbal Workshop Series

Beazer’s Garden Workshops conducted a 5-part herbal relaxation workshop series for the doctors, residents, staff, and visitors of Montefiore Hospital.

We showed them simple ways to relax with Lavender, Chamomile, Rose, Lemongrass, and Peppermint oils and herbs.

They took a break from their hectic day to learn how to use herbs and essential oils and made their own relaxing bath teas, drinking teas, and room sprays to take home.

how to make relaxing, sensory, herbal products that help us relax and restore ourselves.

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