A delegation of Jack Abrams STEM Magnet School fifth graders took a field trip to the Gateway Park community garden to celebrate Huntington Earth Week with town officials, local residents and a group of volunteers from PSEG who toiled to clean-up and beautify the area as spring takes hold.
The STEM School group consisted of 25 eager and enthusiastic youngsters who weren’t afraid to get their hands dirty in the planting beds. SEARCH program teacher Jessica Risalvato supervised the excursion, which included an audience with Huntington Supervisor Chad Lupinacci.
“The event was sponsored by PSEG, which was working to beautify the garden,” Ms. Risalvato said. “We got a tour of the garden and learned about composting, community gardens and even got to plant some carrot seeds! Then, we were able to participate in a press conference headlined by Supervisor Lupinacci, who spoke about PSEG and what they’re doing in the community to help people become more energy efficient. It was enjoyable experience for all.”
Planning for Gateway Park dates to 2003. The park consists of an assemblage of parcels previously owned by the state, county, town and private individuals and acquired over a period of several years. Construction of the community garden began in 2010.
“The garden has become a source of pride and cooperation in the community; a place to gather with neighbors and an oasis of peace,” according to the Town of Huntington’s website. “Children from the Tri Community & Youth Agency and Project Play come to Gateway as part of eco-literacy programs that expose them to how food grows and the delights of fresh vegetables, while teaching them aspects of basic plant biology. Gardeners grow food not only for themselves, but also donate weekly to food pantries and food shares.
Gateway is managed by Gateway Garden, Inc., an independent not-for-profit organization governed by the gardeners themselves under license agreement with the Town of Huntington.
To apply for a plot, visit http://www.GatewayGarden.org and click on the “Apply” button or call 631-223-8179.