The Greenhouse Project core curriculum introduces students to cutting-edge technology and connects science and the environment through sustainable urban farming. The curriculum has been designed to inspire students to ask questions, investigate systems, make predictions and design solutions.

The curriculum emphasizes the child’s perspective in the process of learning and promotes project based, critical thinking, and collaborative work. Understanding is achieved through discussion and collaboration as a result of the combination of practice and conceptual explanations.

With the Greenhouse Project Curriculum, students not only address mandated requirements of the NYC Scope and Sequence Standards based on the NGSS, they go beyond by learning about issues of today’s environmental concerns. Students develop an understanding of climate change, population impact, water resources management, energy resources impact, contamination, conservation, food production, health and nutrition.

The students at PS89 are elated to participate in the Greenhouse Project program. Their enthusi­asm is evident in their newfound apprecia­tion for nutrition, desire for greater access to healthy food, and their excitement over the growth of their plants.

—Irene Leon, Principal PS89, Cypress Hills
Com­munity School