This urban farming teacher is helping Bronx students connect to the earth and each other

This urban farming teacher is helping Bronx students connect to the earth and each other

A new horticulture program is blooming at a Bronx high school, and environmental science teacher Vanessa Spiegel is helping tend it. Bronx International High School — a progressive, project-based school that serves recent immigrants — launched its urban farming program this year at the five-year-old Morris Campus Farm, adding it to its roster of career and technical education, or CTE, tracks.

Students can graduate with a career seal on their diploma that is equal to an advanced Regents diploma and three college credits through a partnership with SUNY Cobleskill. They’re already getting a taste of running a working farm: their Serrano, Jalepeño, Poblano, and Bell peppers are being used by Small Axe Peppers to make its hot sauce.

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