Something of an Alice Waters-style Edible Schoolyard of the East Coast, the Yale Sustainable Food Project began with students picking shrubs in 2003, all with a vision for an organic vegetable garden to be enjoyed and sustained by the community. It's now a 15-minute walk from the New Haven campus, but a little bite-sized portion of the garden is living inside the Parsons The New School for Design building (at 5th Avenue and 13th Street) until May.
From the street, you can see the three rows of dark green flower boxes. It's not a huge exhibit, but a nice reminder that soon, stuff will be growing in full bounty again. Painted signs identify each edible thing-in-training: graffiti purple cauliflower, bright light swiss chard, ruby moon hyacinth beans, and more, all of which were originally planted by Yalies, and now watered by Parsons and New School students each day.
Pamphlets are strewn on a chalkboard table inside the exhibit and explain the focus on edible education, giving a respectful nod to the Edible Schoolyard, which began at the Bay Area's Martin Luther Junior Middle School in 1997, and later domino-effected to the Yale Sustainable Farm. This mini version, only around for two months, is the New School's latest attempt to jump on board.
A little cross-out calendar for the watering schedule. Hm, they seem to be a little behind.
How good is the name green butterhead lettuce? Aren't you just picturing a head made of buttah rising from the dirt? Ruby moon hyacinth bean isn't bad either. Both are real plants.
Imperial Star Artichokes start as leaves and eventually become thorn-less green chokes, usually with some purple tinting.
Give the art students some chalk and they'll tattoo the table with flower doodles and mushy love quotes.
The Yale Sustainable Farm exhibit is open to the public every Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. until 8 p.m., and weekends from noon until 6 p.m. (As long as they remember to unlock the space!) Located at Parsons The New School for Design at 66 5th Avenue, New York NY 10011 (map). More info on the exhibit here.
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