Slow Food East End awarded $4,000 in aid to school gardens at its annual meeting in Bridgehampton on September 30. Grants of $500 each went to eight area schools: Bridgehampton School, East Hampton High School, Greenport School, Hampton Bays Middle School, Sag Harbor School, Southold School, Springs School, and Tuckahoe School.
“Being able to help our local schools start and develop school gardens has been a mission of our East End chapter of Slow Food, since our founding in 2004 at the American Hotel. With the sustained generosity of the Levine family and the Josh Levine Memorial Foundation, we are able to provide funds for garden tools and supplies to schools this year, which builds on the technical support we are currently providing through the Josh Levine Foundation Internship Program where three master farmers are working with local schools to start and sustain gardens. It is fitting that we give out these first school supply grants at Hayground, site of our first Slow Food School Greenhouse” said Mary Morgan, president of SFEE.
The grants were specifically tailored to meet the needs of already established gardens helping with day to day needs rather than larger improvements. The monies will be used for a variety of projects and materials including compost bins, irrigation, tools, hoop houses, seeds, bedding plants, and wintering beds.
The winning schools are members of Edible School Gardens of the East End, an informal alliance that brings teachers and parents together to share ideas on how to best plan, develop and promote school gardens. At this time, the group has includes 16 East End schools. The remaining eight are Childhood Development Center of the Hamptons. Hayground, Orient, Quogue, Ross Lower and Upper Schools, Southampton, and Westhampton School,