“Gardening in general is very calming. It taps into something very primal in our nature it helps me stay positive. It helps me to have some kind of purpose every day", Dan Rothschild says.
Urban farmer Dan Rothschild wanted to put his green thumb to good use when the coronavirus outbreak hit New York City. So he turned to the one place he knew best: the Holy Apostles Soup Kitchen in Chelsea. Rothschild, who’s worked with the 9th Avenue church for years, is now providing leafy greens for hundreds of bagged lunches to needy New Yorkers.
“I’m the lettuce guy,” said Rothschild, 52, of the West Village, who grows four varieties of the vegetable for the soup kitchen’s sandwiches and salads. The Holy Apostles Soup Kitchen is right across the street from Public School 33 where Rothschild was teaching gardening until the pandemic shut down classrooms. “I thought I could do a little good with minimal risk (during COVID-19),” he said. “It feels good to be able to do something like this.” Rothschild first got his start in gardening over 10 years ago on the rooftop of his former building in the Meatpacking District.
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