Friday, October 15, 2010
Edible Do-Gooding Foodie
A first-hand account of the dedication of the Edible Schoolyard at P.S. 216 in Brooklyn:
The Edible Schoolyard, an experimental educational program to bring children closer to their food sources, has officially launched its first New York City location at P.S. 216 at 350 Avenue X, with a dedication this morning that brought educators, activists, politicians and celebrities to Gravesend.
Construction began on the $1.6 million project in September, and this morning children played and planted, kicking the smell of dirt and wood-chips into the air. Media and parents flocked around them snapping photos and taking video, following a half-hour of speeches from some of the project’s backers.
Sitting in the front row was friend to the project Jake Gyllenhaal, the Oscar-nominated actor who has been helping raise funds for the citywide initiative.
The Wall Street Journal profiled John Lyons who co-hosted the fundraising dinner with Jake earlier this week. Lyons, pictured above with Jake and the kids, is the president of production at Focus Features.
(Thanks to Sheepshead Bites for the photos and text and to People for the title.)