Garden Program


PS41’s Garden Program first sprouted in 2003. Our  students were studying plants and there was no outside area at school for them to actually dig into the ground. What started out initially as a few wooden containers has evolved over the years into an important learning environment and wildlife habitat. By giving our students the opportunity to grow produce from seeds while observing and nurturing them , they can understand the importance of “farm to table” and have a greater appreciation of where their food comes from.

Our garden has also attracted various species of insects and birds which help children better understand the importance of how ecosystems are connected. Classroom snacks are composted and recycled back into the garden and teach students better alternatives to disposing of organic refuse. As our children grow we hope that PS41’s garden program will give them important life lessons that they will need for their future.

Our garden would not have been possible with out the endorsement and generous support of our administration, teachers and our PTA. We also are extremely grateful to The National Gardening AssociationOrganic Valley and OV farmers Susan & Dave Hardy, Chef Michael Anthony of Gramercy Tavern Union Square Hospitality GroupHSBCAmes Tru TemperSmith & HawkenScott’s Miracle Grow Remember Me Rose GardenTaste The West Village , and The National Wildlife Federation/Eco-Schools for their commitment to children’s education.

For more information about the PS41’s garden program, please contact Vicki Sando at


PS41's Garden Program started with a few wooden planter boxes in 2003. Since then, it has transformed our inner school yard into a green oasis that has provided an outdoor classroom, while beautifying the school grounds.  At PS 41, we feel it is imperative that "no child is left inside" and children reconnect with nature. By getting students outside, growing plants from seeds, connecting where their food comes from, touching worms, and digging in the dirt, they will understand and appreciate the natural world around us. Our children will be inheriting an Earth with serious ecological issues, so it is necessary that they have the knowledge and empathy to solve them!


 We have been adding natural elements for students to use for creative play.
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Our school garden has a seasonal vegetable/herbs section, fruit trees, native New York plants, annuals, and perennials. Continued support by our PTA, and corporate sponsors have made this possible. In 2011, we expanded our garden program beyond our school grounds by forming a partnership with Washington Square Park. Working with their gardener, students grew seedlings over the spring and then planted them around the children's playground in the park. We look forward to continuing this relationship and collaborating with other community groups in the future.

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