Grand Street BID planting with the Green School
by Andrew Shilling
May 14, 2014 | 1175 views | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend | print
With the warm summer months approaching, students from the Green School, located at 223 Graham Ave., teamed up with the Grand Street Business Improvement District (BID) last week to spruce up some of the dormant tree beds along the corridor.

Of the 70 beds throughout the district, the team of teenage horticulturists are currently spending their off-hours turning up dead plants and old mulch and planting new flowers in 20 beds on Grand Street.

Nathan Affield, assistant principal at the school, said aside from incorporating lessons in environmental science, students also get a chance to beautify their walk from the Grand St. L train to school.

“It’s always nice for the kids to get some fresh air,” Affield said. “Also, a lot of our students don’t have access to planting things, so the idea od making compost and soil is a hands-on way to get into the growing environment that they wouldn’t get in a regular class environment.”

He added that the school plans on getting nearly 150 students on the project by the end of the school year.

“It looks really nice, and we’re all really excited,” said Artineh Havan, executive director of the Grand Street BID.

Through the work with the nearby school, the BID has also teamed up with BIG!Compost for the fertilizer and are set to continue the daily planting project.

Artineh added that she and the surrounding businesses plan to work together in the coming weeks to help expand the cause and maintain a healthy greenscape throughout the community.

“We are now asking businesses to water them, and we’ve been lucky last week because we got some rain,” she said. “They were very excited to have flowers in front because it just makes the quarter look much brighter.”

So far the team has completed five tree beds along Grand Street, but Havan explained that the pilot program will continue until dozens more are completed.

“While this is a pilot program, we are finding out how this would work on a bigger scale,” she said. “Since this is part of a bigger project, we will be doing this through the entire community one day.”

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