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The Children's Farm Garden in 1902

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Title The Children's Farm Garden in 1902
Description “Little faces, lately so hard and prematurely old, began to assume the look of real childhood, and the farm became truly their own.”
—Outlook Magazine, 1903

The first school garden in New York City was planted in 1902 in De Witt Clinton Park, overlooking the Hudson River at 53rd Street between 11th and 12th Avenues. Fannie Griscom Parsons, one of the leaders of the school gardening movement, organized her School Farm so that neighborhood children would have the chance to grow their own vegetables and work hard in the fresh air. Her father, a doctor, believed that the high rates of disease in the city’s most crowded neighborhoods could be traced to poor ventilation and terrible sanitary conditions in the tenements.
Creator Fannie Griscom
Source Manuscripts and Archives Division
Publisher Charities 11, no. 10
Date September 5, 1903

Bibliographic Citation

Fannie Griscom, “The Children's Farm Garden in 1902,” Lunch Hour NYC, accessed December 15, 2017, http://exhibitions.nypl.org/lunchhour/items/show/524.

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