Second Season at Brooklyn Grange

Text and photos by Ashley Balavender

Honeybees, chickens and chard, oh my!
laggrangegroupBrooklyn Grange’s second growing season was in full swing when a group of LaGuardia Community College students walked over to 37-18 Northern Blvd. for a visit. The members of the College’s Campus Improvement Association (CIA) and Green Actions for Sustainable Practices (GRASP) had heard about the rooftop farm and were eager to see it for themselves. Led by urban farmer, Managing Partner and Co-Founder Gwen Schantz, the students took a tour of the 40,000 sq. ft. farm.

Sustainability In the Know: Meatless Mondays

Meatless1Sustainability encompasses many elements, principles and practices, including nutrition. A person can be sustainable by reducing the levels of energy and water they use, utilizing more public transportation, recycling aluminum foil, and even curbing the amount of meat in their diets. In an effort to promote sustainability and improve the health and eating habits of students, faculty and staff, the LaGuardia Sustainability Council is proud to announce that our dining services, MBJ, is now offering Meatless Monday specials in our cafeterias.

What is Brooklyn Grange?


If you walked by 37-18 on Northern Boulevard in Long Island City, you probably wouldn’t give it a second thought. But what if I told you that up on the roof there is a 40,000 square foot farm?

Sustainability: A Common Theme for the 2010-2011 Academic Year

In line withSustainGarden a growing involvement in sustainability, LaGuardia’s 2010-2011 academic year will kick off with a college-wide focus on food and sustainable consumption.

This fall’s Opening Sessions theme will be “Food for Thought: Strategies for Educating a Sustainable Community.” The Common reading will be Eric Schlosser’s Fast Food Nation.

LaGuardia Dietetic Technician Students Give Tips on Nutrition to Queens Residents

Market3LaGuardia Community College dietetic technician students are doing their part to educate low-income residents in Queens on the importance of good nutrition by conducting food demonstrations and nutrition workshops at three farmers markets in Astoria, Elmhurst and Jamaica. Throughout the summer, some 14 students will show neighborhood shoppers how they can improve their diets by buying fresh fruits and vegetables that have been grown by local farmers.



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