PLANET MANHASSET

Exciting News
Thursday, June 12, 9:00 am - 1:00 pm 
Please join event host the Manhasset SCA to take 10% off your purchase while Vineyard Vines gives back 10% to the Manhasset SCA Planet Manhasset Organic Gardens Project. Have a whale of time shopping and fundraising!

Volunteer in the Garden this Summer
The Gardens are well under way, three organic gardens have been installed on our school campuses for the students to use as "outdoor classrooms". Manhasset is joining the nationwide movement to reconnect young people to the earth and the pleasure of growing their own food.

Garden Volunteers can choose to adopt for one week or more over the summer to be sure gardens are weeded, check if watered and harvest ripe vegetable. The garden volunteers can keep half of the vegetables harvested and donate the other half to Community Food Pantries.

Sign Up to Work in one of the School Gardens:
Secondary School Garden>>
Shelter Rock Garden>>
Munsey Park Garden>>

GARDEN VOLUNTEER CHECKLIST
1. Plan to Visit the Site 3x over the week
2. Make sure plants are well watered, hoses are turned on, timers are working,etc.
3. TAKE PHOTOS! Email to Angela Classi: aclass@optonline.net
4. Email Garden Contact person know if additional staking of growing plants is required ( see list below)
5. Harvest ripe crops, decide what you'd like to keep and donate the rest to food pantries.

** IF YOU ARE UNABLE TO DONATE TIME IN THE GARDEN, PLANET MANHASSET IS IN NEED OF FUNDS!

Please consider making a donation
Planting and nurturing a garden takes TLC as well as financial support! Here's an idea of what donations are used for: garden gloves, flat of veggies, irrigation system and bags of compost.

Please send checks payable to Manhasset SCA with Planet Manhasset Gardens in Memo: to Manhasset SCA P.O. Box 33 Manhasset, NY 11030

Members Needed for Planet Manhasset!
Planet Manhasset is dedicated to researching and implementing ways to adopt a greener living philosophy in our schools, homes and community. We are in need of chairpersons for Munsey Park School and the Middle School. If you are interested or would like more information, please email planetmanhasset@yahoo.com.

In 2013, Planet Manhasset established organic, edible gardens in each of the three schools of the Manhasset community. These gardens are used by students, teachers and community volunteers to provide reality based education on multiple levels. The primary goal is to connect the students to the origins and methods of healthier eating and how gardens promote a healthier environment. For the schools, they will serve as cross-curricular labs that can be used in other elements of science, math, language arts, social studies, and the arts. Through volunteer participation, it is our intention to reach all components of the community.

As a community, we are becoming increasingly distanced and unfamiliar with our life-support system. There is a growing disconnect between consumers and their food sources – between a consumer’s choices and their larger social and environmental impacts. As a result, there is a growing inability of the public to make connections between their health and the health of the environment.

Growing vegetables and fruits for our consumption teaches children about nutrition, its impact on their health, and the interaction of organic gardening with our environment.

Despite the economic and educational level of Manhasset residents, many of our children do not make healthy choices in their foods. Sugar based products and fast foods predominate whenever children are given an opportunity to choose for themselves. Families seldom grow their own vegetables as there is disconnect from the farm to the table. The notion of growing ones’ own food is daunting due to the lack of education and experience.

Through the gardens’ use of organic processes, it is hoped that there will be a growing understanding of the connection between the use of certain chemicals and environmental and personal health.

For example, a family’s choice to use certain fertilizers and pesticides to promote luxurious lawns leads to dangerous chemical levels in our waterways. There is no understanding of this connection with local beach closings and the harmful algae blooms, or red tide events that poison local shellfish and make them inedible. These fertilizers and pesticides also affect the quality of water that reach our aquifer. This in turn affects the health of community residents who depend on this water.