Congratulations to Our New School Garden Coordinators

May 20, 2012 in Past Events

Thanks to the great generosity of Myron and Susan Levine and the Josh Levine Memorial Foundation, Slow Food East End will be funding three Edible School Garden Coordinators for the first time this year.

KK Haspel, Jeff Negron and Peter Priolo were chosen for the positions from among 14 highly qualified applicants.

KK Haspel has 12 years of experience as a biodynamic/organic farmer, owning and operating a small farm on the North Fork in Southold. KK has already helped start school gardens on the North Fork, including Greenport, Southold and Oysterponds. She grows 12 months out of the year in raised beds planted very densely using no-till methods.

Jeff Negron has 7 years of experience in the Hamptons growing crops of all varieties outdoors and within high tunnel structures. Jeff’s approach is to follow sound organic principles and biodynamic rhythms to maximize the health of the soil that supports each crop. He has developed strong relationships and is already actively involved with the community as the lead gardener for four Edible School Gardens on the South Fork.

Peter Priolo has worked at Cornell University Cooperative Extension as the Agricultural Stewardship Educator and Technician since 2010. He has also worked for the Peconic Land Trust and for the Suffolk County Department of Parks and Recreation. Peter wants to combine his practical education, leadership experience, and technical skills to further develop his career as a sustainability professional at the intersection of humans, plants and wildlife.

For more information on how the coordinators can help your school, contact jcfayyaz@gmail.com or foodys@optonline.net.