Archive for October 2010

Earth Dinner 2010

October 31, 2010

You are cordially invited to our first GCS Earth Dinner!  A pot-luck affair, this event will be sure to get you talking – about food, sustainability and the way we live Green in NYC.  Teachers, parents, administrators and staff are all welcome to join us for a night of organic, local, and sustainable dining.  We will be having fun and launching a conversation about how to weave our ideals into our meals.  If you would like to join in, just RSVP on the GCS website.

Compost Guests Arrive!

October 31, 2010

Our worms arrived for our first compost bin this Wednesday.  The Green Gremlins got to prepare their bedding, give them their first meal, and feel them squirm!  Click here for a video of the worms before they were set in the bin.  Chef Sheehan provided some of the kitchen scraps collected during Wednesday’s lunch.  The kids plan to collect scraps from lunch tables during the fall.    Is your classroom interested in having a compost bin? They are easy to maintain and a great educational resource.  Check out the upcoming Wormshop from the Lower East Side Ecology Center this month at Friends.  Composting from home?  You can set up your own bin easily, but if this is not an option, consider bringing your vegetable scraps to a local compost outpost.  Also, the map of compost station in NYC can be found here.  

Green Halloween!

October 30, 2010

Are you looking for more ways to make this Halloween a Green one?  A great site from the UK offers tips on that and more.  Check out How Can I Recycle This?  You can also search for tips on Earth 911 or the NYC Reuse Site; NYC Stuff Exchange.

Also, if you are finding your pumpkin has “had its day,” don’t forget to head to the Union Square Greenmarket’s Compost tent.  Pumpkins are being collected from around the city.  And since November 1st 12:00 am marks the beginning of the Winter Holiday season, plan to bring any Christmas Trees to the Mulchfest in January!  Save those old costumes for next year’s Costume Swap.  Many Green Gremlins wore swapped costumes this year, and one particularly great Red Riding Hood was constructed from several vampires and one Superman!

Green Roof at the Gramercy Park Hotel

October 21, 2010

The Gremlins had an amazing mini field trip to the Gramercy Park Hotel this afternoon.  We not only learned about some innovative urban gardening techniques, we also had some tasty samples of fresh tomatoes, beans, and figs.

Kevin Denton gave us the grand tour.  We were impressed by the number of re-used items the garden had successfully transformed into roof-top garden wonders.  An old duck roaster, floor tiles, and broken containers were upcycled and freshly blooming with fall vegetables and compost created with hotel and restaurant left overs.  Diners at Maialino are lucky to have the most local and fresh ingredients in the neighborhood.  We learned about how the garden uses rainwater collectors to irrigate “crops” and is working on adding some small wind turbines to add to the re-use program.  Students were fascinated by the variety of herbs, and many saved leaves to smell on their way home!

Composter made of old duck roaster and floor tiles!

JK Visits the Green Market!

October 7, 2010

This week our JK took a field trip to the Green Market, learning about the huge variety of foods available to their families.  Lucky for GCS, our kitchen uses a lot of local, organic produce. Chef Sheehan joined the JK on this beautiful day to see the harvest colors in bloom!

SAVE THE DATE! November 4th, we will be hosting an Earth Dinner.  Bring your local, sustainable, story-filled dishes to our casual meal.  We will launch our discussion about food, our community, and sustainability.