Rye Y Hosts Garden Workshop Friday

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The Rye YMCA will host a free half-day workshop on sustainable school-based gardening on Friday, March 7.
The Rye YMCA will host a free half-day workshop on sustainable school-based gardening on Friday, March 7. Photo Credit: File

RYE, N.Y. -- The Rye YMCA and Jay Heritage Center will host a free half-day workshop on starting and sustaining school-based edible gardens on Friday, March 7 from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. 

Fourteen panelists from nine different schools and one business will share their experiences on starting a garden, using the produce, sustaining the garden and connecting classroom curriculum to hands-on outdoor learning.

Attendees will include: parents, school administrators, teachers, community volunteers, non-profit staff representing over 35 schools and organizations.

Coffee and registration will run from 8:30 a.m. to 9 a.m.

The Itinerary for the workshop will be as follows:

9:00 a.m. – 9:10 a..m. Welcome by Suzanne Clary
Welcome by Gregg Howells

  • Student Speakers Jackie Asencio and Paula Torres, Hommocks Middle School

9:10 a.m. – 10:10 a.m. How To’s of Starting a Garden/How to Use the Produce Moderator: Lori Fontanes

  • Betty Comerford, Home and Career Skills teacher, Hommocks Middle School, Mamaroneck
  •  John Borchert, Life Science teacher, Rye Middle School, Rye
  • Allison Silverman, Family and Consumer Science teacher,Port Chester Middle School, Port Chester

10:10 a.m. – 10:25 a.m. Break

10:25 a.m. – 11:25 a.m. Sustaining your Garden Moderator: Perri McKinney, Murray Avenue School, Larchmont

  • Kate Albero, Fourth Grade teacher, John F. Kennedy Magnet School, Port Chester
  • Karla Purcell, Fourth Grade teacher, John F. Kennedy Magnet School, Port Chester 
  • Susan Ostrofsky, Principal, Mt. Kisco Elementary School, Mt. Kisco 
  • Alli Margoshes, Parent Garden Coordinator, Mamaroneck Avenue School, Mamaroneck

11:25 a.m. – 12:25 p.m. Creating the Garden-Curriculum Connection

Moderator: Marion Kieltyka, Convent of the Sacred Heart, Greenwich, CT

  • Alexandra Forrester, Co-founder, Kaleidoscope Garden Design
  • Toby Adams, Co-founder, Kaleidoscope Garden Design, Katonah
  • Anne Mottola, Garden Consultant, Osborn Elementary School, Rye
  • Ellyce Cavanaugh, ESL Specialist, Springhurst Elementary School, Dobbs Ferry

12:25 p.m. – 12:30 p.m. Raffle

12:30 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. Networking and visit vendors

The Rye YMCA is located at 21 Locust Avenue. 

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