Straw Bale Garden at Campos Featured in GrowTogether Conference Workshop: Learn and Get Inspired

NYC Foodscape is leading a straw bale gardening workshop at the 30th Annual GreenThumb GrowTogether Conference. This year’s conference features exciting new workshops and returning favorites, including many hands-on and youth-focused workshops for gardeners of all […]

Finding Inspiration in the Last Days of Summer

It was a lovely, long and beautiful summer at the Children’s Workshop Garden at Campos. The visitors and youth are still coming to the garden and learning and cooking, but there is the slightly sad, […]

Local Girls on a Cooking Spree: Edamame Salad, Garden Herb Pesto and Cucumber with Radish and Dill

As we reported in a recent post, a group of local girls from an area residence have been coming weekly to work in the garden, learn about food, and do some basic in-garden cooking. Their response […]

The Question Mark and Improv Sculpture Design: Straw Bale Gardens As Environmental Art

Straw bale gardening may not be as mainstream a gardening method as raised beds yet, but who knew it was an emerging art medium? An environmental artist named Susan Leibovitz Steinman, created a straw bale garden […]

Ripening the Fruit of our Labor

Most of spring and early summer are spent prepping the soil, starting or buying plants, getting seeds and supplies for the season and then planting your heart out. The first harvests are great, greens, radishes, […]

Children’s Workshop Garden Stretches its Roots and Stems

The school year has ended and the students at Children’s Workshop dispersed like seeds for the summer. Thankfully, we have the Boys Club of New York City around the corner and they are engaged to […]

Update on Planting Tomatoes in Straw Bales

As noted below  (Hot Weather Accelerates Planting Schedule – All Bales Planted!), we mistakenly planted the tomatoes deep into the bales, as you might with regular soil. Big mistake, because as we learned the hard way, […]

Hot Weather Accelerates Planting Schedule – All Bales Planted!

Ideally, every stage of a gardening project is an educational opportunity for children to learn: digging methods, soil health, seed starting, planting, mulching, watering, plant identification and care, pest management, harvesting, cooking, etc. And if it […]

Trip to the Farmers Market for Vegetable Garden Plants (and other Spring Colors)

          Many of the plants I plan to use for the Children’s Workshop’s Straw Bale garden came from a wonderful nursery that sells at the Union Square Farmers Market. Silver Heights […]

Straw Bales Get Final Prep Before Planting

Like much of gardening, prepping straw bales for planting requires a fair amount of patience and vision. As eager as I was to rush the process, the most important thing is that the bales be […]