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The online grocer's educational effort gives children hands-on experience in crop cultivation, dairy farming.
Online grocer FreshDirect and Into the Outside, a nonprofit organization that provides New York City students in low-income areas more access to educational opportunities, marked their continuing partnership with a trip enabling 45 children in Brooklyn's Red Hook neighborhood to enjoy fresh fields and pastures new.
The second-grade students, all from PS 27 Agnes Y. Humphrey School for Leadership in Red Hook, visited Satur Farms and Catapano Dairy Farm on Long Island to learn about crop cultivation and dairy farming. In the second unit of a specially designed Seed-to-Salad curriculum created by Into the Outside and FreshDirect, children discover the journey food takes from the farm to the plate, under the tutelage of local farm owners.
At Satur Farms the students observed the differences in urban vs. rural farming methods, comparing the acreage with a local farming project where they've been harvesting vegetables in Brooklyn. At Catapano Dairy Farm the children took part in milking demonstrations, sampled homemade cheese, and learned about the various breeds of animals at the farm.
The partnership between Into the Outside and FreshDirect has been in place since
Long Island City, N.Y.-based FreshDirect serves most of Manhattan and locations in Queens, Brooklyn, Staten Island and the Bronx, as well as parts of New Jersey and Westchester and Nassau counties.