P.S. 216 Arturo Toscanini

“The benefits of having Edible Schoolyard NYC at our school are many.  It is clear children are already learning how the Earth nourishes both our bodies and minds.” — Celia Kaplinsky, Principal at P.S. 216

In fall 2010, we established our first Demonstration School program at P.S. 216.  We transformed a cement parking lot into a half-acre organic garden where students are taught how to harvest over 60 types of fruits, grains and vegetables. P.S. 216, The Arturo Toscanini School, is an elementary school with a diverse student body and multi-cultural community of families from Coney Island, Brighton Beach and Gravesend. With the third lowest percentage of green, open space in Brooklyn, Gravesend was a natural choice for establishing our inaugural demonstration school.

Currently, every class at P.S. 216 participates in two hands-on organic gardening classes and one kitchen class per month that reinforce the academic curriculum.  Since establishing Edible Schoolyard NYC’s first Showcase School, P.S. 216 students have made great breakthroughs not only in their edible education but in their academic performance and overall attitudes as well. P.S. 216 has also become a go-to professional resource for teachers and principals from across the city, giving them the tools they need to incorporate an edible education into their own schools. Want to learn more? Write to info@esynyc.org or sign up for the e-newsletter.



In 2013, we celebrated the completion of a brand new kitchen classroom and greenhouse. In June 2014, the structure, designed by WORKac, won the prestigious MASterworks Award for Best Green Design Initiative.

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