B.E.E.S. (Brooklyn Environmental Exploration Scholars)
City Growers’ Department of Youth and Community Development (DYCD)-funded after school program is part of the SONYC (School’s Out NYC) initiative, giving 30 middle school students at the Academy of Arts and Letters daily, full-year after school programming.
Throughout the school year, B.E.E.S. spend two days a week at Brooklyn Grange in the Navy Yard tending to crops, caring for the chickens they raised themselves, and participating in other seasonal farm-based activities. Two days a week, they participate in clubs that rotate every two weeks, such as cooking, natural dyeing, building Rube Goldberg machines, and all kinds of hands-on activities based on their interests; they also have time to work on and get help with their homework. Fridays are for “urban expeditions,” field trips to places where innovation, in many forms, is at work.