On Tuesday, John P. Holland Charter School (JPHCS) officially opened its indoor hydroponic garden. 2021-2022 marked the pilot year of the garden, curated and designed for the space by the team at New York Sun Works, and has been an extraordinary success, officials said. 

Located in Woodland Park, John P Holland counts more than 600 Paterson children as its students. 

“Even during this year of training, the garden has allowed our community to experience the growing process from seed to table throughout the year,” Christina Scano, Founder and Lead Person, said. “In its first seven months, we harvested over 60 pounds of produce in this beautiful space.” 

With over 12 crop varieties to date and more to come, the school’s edible garden offers hands-on knowledge of STEM concepts and inspires healthy eating habits among their students and families. So far, the school has used the garden to make and share smoothies, pesto, salad, and pickles. In the fall, they are hoping to grow pumpkins.

“As the principal person responsible for maintaining the system, I am delighted to have a fully-operational garden at our disposal year-round for hands-on learning,” Neril Sandeep, JPHCS garden lead, said.

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