School roof is East Village’s newest learning lab
The Earth School, an alternative K-to-6 public school at 600 E. Sixth St., unveiled its new 2,400-square-foot rooftop garden on Oct. 12. The garden, which will allow kids to learn about the growth of fruits, vegetables and flowers, was conceived and planned by Fifth Street Farm, an East Village-based nonprofit group. Above, Earth School students joined in a ceremonial ribbon-cutting alongside (back row from left to right) 9/11 Memorial architect Michael Arad, who designed the garden, state Senator Daniel Squadron, Borough President Scott Stringer and Councilmember Rosie Mendez. After celebrating the opening, students tended and watered the plants. The rooftop garden includes beds of vibrant flowers, as well as potato plants, kale and mustard greens.