Envira Pod: Mobile net-zero classroom is powered entirely by solar
Probably one of the most incredible feelings in the world is the realization of an intention. The non-profit Something Good in the World and Enviragen recently completed Envira Pod, an off-grid, mobile classroom with a zero carbon footprint. Funded by a successful Indiegogo campaign, grants, and a local foundation, the eco-friendly educational trailer is located in its farm-based home north of New York City, as part of Something Good in the World’s Children’s Peaceful Garden, where it exists as a demonstration of available technologies for alternative energies and sustainable practices, in an eco-friendly, completely self-contained, off-grid environment.
Read the rest of this article at Inhabitat.com.
Foundation Support Announced for 2015-2016
We’d like to thank the following foundations for their generous support of our farm-based educational programs. Their generosity in 2015-2016 gives more kids access to nature, gets more hands digging in the dirt, and supports our model of sustainability education for all.
The Alpern Family Foundation - general support for SGITW's farm-based education programming.
Dr. Robert C. and Tina Sohn Foundation - supporting the Harlem Children's Zone's seasonal farm-based education programs at Glynwood.
Anonymous Family Foundation - general support for SGITW's farm-based education programming.
The Deupree Family Foundation - supporting SGITW's free programs for youth groups participating in our "Think Out of Bounds" workshops in collaboration with "Uncharted Play”.
The Jack DeVito Foundation - supporting the Cardinal McCloskey's Hayden House shelter teens participation in monthly farm-based education programs.
The Dannon Company - supporting the Harlem Children's Zone's seasonal farm-based education programs at Glynwood.
Eileen Fisher - a Community Partnership grant supporting our environmental education workshops for foster youth at Hayden House in Ossining.
If you’re interested in making your own impact with an individual donation, simply click here. You’ll be in good company!
All donations made this fall up to $7,500 will be matched - dollar for dollar - by our generous supporter, 360 Child Advocacy.
Artwork on Display in Peekskill
It's official! Our Earth as Homeschooling students' artwork, ages 3-4, 5-7, and 8-10, is all up on the walls of the Peekskill Coffee House for the month of April!
The opening reception is on Wednesday, April 8, from and will feature the Human Body School music by Talking Hands Talking Feet. Bring your friends and family to enjoy the art, music, and delicious treats at the Peekskill Coffee House, 101 S Division St, Peekskill, NY 10566 .
If you can't make it on April 8, then stop by any day during the month of April to see all the 3D, sculptural, collage, drawings and paintings created by the Earth as Homeschoolers with Gayle Lamb and Anya Steger, celebrating the Human Body and all its systems and senses. It's totally awe-inspiring!
New Foundation Support Announced
We’re thrilled to add the Dr. Robert C. and Tina Sohn Foundation to our growing list of foundation supporters. They’ve awarded SGITW a $5,000 grant in support of our Earth School-to-Farm project with the Harlem Children's Zone for our farm-based education programs at Glynwood.
The Foundation supports a broad spectrum of causes which support the environment, alternative health care, and the arts. They are particularly interested in funding educational projects which bring an awareness of the environment, alternative health care, and the arts to those who are underserved, particularly young people.
Earth as Homeschoolers pilot Uncharted Play's 'Think out of bounds' curriculum
Uncharted Play's 'Think Out of Bounds' curriculum uses case studies and exercises to teach kids around the world to think about how to use the resources they have at hand to create something their community needs. We were excited to test drive their revolutionary curriculum with some really amazing results.
Read Uncharted Play's full blog post about this exciting collaboration here.
Westchester Environmental Group Crowdfunds Education Building of the Future
Community fundraising campaign helps bring county’s first ‘off-the-grid’ education center to life.
We're honored to be included in the Westchester Land Trust's new video, "Voices of Conservation". Filmed on location in Westchester and Putnam Counties, Voices of Conservation chronicles the magnificent work of the WLT as told by their supporters and partners in conservation. SGITW is proud to be one of those partners and we're thrilled to be included in the video.
We're honored to have been chosen to become a nonprofit partner of 1% For the Planet , a global network of businesses that donate one percent of annual sales directly to approved environmental and sustainability nonprofit organizations. 1% For the Planet is an alliance of over 1,200 member companies in 48 countries that give 1% of their revenues to environmental causes. This partnership will help connect us with companies that want to support projects like ours and we're thrilled to become a part of this amazing group! Read the full press release here.
Great news!! We're honored to be named the finalist for Impact100 Westchester's 2014 grant in the environmental category! Big thanks to the Impact100 Environmental Committee for championing our EnviraPod project! The $10,666 grant will go towards building Westchester's first 'off-the-grid' environmental education center.
SGITW's Pechakucha Presentation
"Earth School:Digging in the Dirt"
Learn more about what makes Earth School unique as we 'dig deep' for answers and alternatives in education and the sustainability of our planet.
When can we go back to chicken school?!
Earth School Students praised for their community service work
We're honored to be mentioned in the Westchester Land Trust's E-News, "News from the Field":
[BEDFORD HILLS, NY On Friday, October 18th, families and teachers from Earth School, a program of Yorktown's Something Good in the World, tackled a hefty roster of stewardship projects at our Sugar Hill Farm headquarters.
Students transplanted native wildflowers to our 'no mow' meadow, collected wild seeds for future plantings, repotted specimens from WLTs greenhouse, and harvested turnips which were donated to Food Bank for Westchester...and they managed to do it all in under two hours! Outstanding!]
Eagle Scout Raises Fence, Spirits at Hilltop Hanover Farm
“Our chickens are a vital part of our Children’s Environmental Education program,” Sarbin said. “We had to build extra fencing.” Not just any fencing, but post and rail that matched the traditional style that came with the 18th-century farmhouse. Jack took charge, managing a crew of Eagle Scouts and drawing the rapt attention of the school’s students who watched the work progress.
Today beautiful post and rail fencing surrounds the chicken and the children at Hilltop Hanover Farm. Jack added deer fencing to make it impermeable but visually open, so there’s a sense of safety and freedom. Barbara Sarbin is thrilled with the outcome. The Eagle Scout said: “This is definitely something I’ll look back on as one of my greatest moments as a Scout.” Read the article
Harlem Children's Zone visits Glynwood Farm as part of Earth School-to-Farm programs
School-to-Farm Program Spreads Word
This is a lovely article about the current work of Something Good in the World in conjunction with Glynwood Farm, Kitchawan Farm, and Faraway Farm Alpacas, in addition to Hilltop Hanover Farm. We have been the fortunate recipients of several grants from local foundations in the past few weeks, which are going to make our Earth School-to-Farm programs, which are free for children from high needs school districts, even more possible in 2013!
Thank you to Brian Howard for the great writing, and thanks to all the fabulous Farms above, and to the Alpern Family Foundation, the DeVito Foundation, the Dannon Company, Child Advocacy 360, and all those who have collaborated with SGITW and supported our nonprofit, charitable organization in 2012! We could not have done it without you! Read the article
article correction: Linsay Cochran of Kitchawan Farm provided consulting services at the Hayden House students' garden
Something Good in the World Blog is Launched!
This blog is an attempt to gather some of the stories, the successes, the mistakes, and the humor of creating one's own Earth School for children. Read the blog!
Ossining's Kitchawan Farms Gets New Children's Program
Ossining's Kitchawan Farm will be home to a new nutrition and sustainable agriculture program for school children.
Rock the Bike!
At SGITW's Energy of Youth Concert, teenagers performed and raised enough funds to purchase a "Bike Blender" from "Rock the Bike" (http://www.rockthebike.com/about/). Every year, the Blue Star Youth Movement members make delicious organic fruit smoothies for Something Good in the World's Holiday Craft Fair, and this year, anyone who wanted a smoothie had to ride the bike blender to make their own! This video features Blue Star member Violet Kravitz on the bike.
Hilltop Students Tap into Sweet Nature
"It's more savory, more complex," the 10-year-old from Croton-on-Hudson said in not-so-10-year-old terms. "Instead of putting preservatives in your body, this is all-natural." Nicholas spoke from firsthand knowledge as his class at the Something Good in the World school tapped a half-dozen sugar maples at the county-owned Hilltop Hanover Farm on a recent morning.
Mar 10, 2011, Front cover of the "Yorktown and Cortlandt Express."
Click here to read the article or view the article with the picture
Kids Get a Taste of Farm Life at Hilltop
"The Hayden children don't take many field trips, but this one has proved to be among the most popular", teacher Grace DiChiaro said. "A lot of these children have never experienced something like this". View the article with the picture
Lakeland Copper Beech Middle School Students Visit Hilltop Hanover Farm
On November 18th, Mrs. Spano and Ms. Connors’ 7th grade classes visited Hilltop Hanover Farm. The trip was part of an investigation in sustainability and eating local, healthy foods. Students harvested vegetables and made a soup, some of which went to a soup kitchen in Peekskill. Instructors at Hilltop introduced students to energy saving ideas like the pedal-a-watt bicycle, a water pumping seesaw and a green roof on the chicken coop. We were able to bring home turnips from the farm which students participating in Farm Fresh Fridays used in preparing a hearty fish stew.
Thursday, November 23, 2010 Click here to watch the video
Cool and Green Cooking in Season
at Hilltop Hanover Farm
Yorktown farm partners with Something Good in the World to bring cooking classes to the community Click here to read the article
Scout's Eagle Project Bridges Gap
at Hilltop Hanover Farm
This great article appeared in the Journal News about the new Wetland Pond boardwalk, designed and built by Dave Gershgorn as his Eagle Scout project. This walkway has added beautifully to the Children's Peaceful Garden at Hilltop Hanover Farm, making our Wetland Garden more accessible and safer for children, while fitting right in with our philosophy of reusing materials to go "from trash to treasure." Click here to read the article
Global Run Project
See the latest video about Earth School and the Global Run Project!
A Vision of Sustainable Living and Organic Agriculture
Watch a short video about the Harlem Children's Zone (Promise Academy 2) students' seasonal Earth School visits to Hilltop Hanover Farm
Journal News Article
Harlem students harvest lessons on Yorktown farm
Something Good in the World's Earth School's Farm-to-School program at Hilltop Hanover Farm. The purpose is to partner with schools by bringing students to the farm for several repeat visits so they can learn about where their food comes from, how it grows and how it gets to their plates. Read the article: page 1, page 2
Something Good in the World's Educational Programs at Hilltop Hanover Farm
Watch a great video of our very popular Earth School for Families workshops, "Animals in Winter," featuring wilderness expert Vince Walsh.
Lakeland Copper Beech Middle School visits Hilltop Hanover Farm
Children from the Lakeland Copper Beech Middle School Visit the Hilltop Hanover Farm with Ms. Connor's Consumer Studies class where they learned about sustainability. You can view a video at the following site: CLICK HERE.
Kleenex Free Earth School!
This Greenpeace video put together by students at the Earth School, located at the Hilltop Hanover Farm Children’s Environmental Education Center in upstate New York.
They have removed Kleenex from their school!
Kids Harness Seesaw Power
Irrigation project uses playground device for vegetable garden...
May 1, 2008 - Article in Journal News by Brian Howard
Click here to read more...
NYC Kids Have A Day At Farm
Students from the Bronx Charter school pick radishes...
May 31, 2008 - Article in Journal News by Brian Howard
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Abigail Washburn in concert - March 30, 2007
SGITW in partnership with the Homeland Children’s Foundation helps raise money for Chinese orphanges in benefit concert.
Download Flyer - To read the full details
Download MP3 - To hear a live sample of the event
Youth Movement - August 2006
A documentary about the first Youth Movement performance will be shown on Peekskill Channel 15 (channel 96 without a cable box) on the following dates, at 9:00 PM each day:
Saturday, July 30; August 6, 13, and 20
Download PDF poster of this event.
View an article about this event printed in the Westchester Journal News.