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Second Grade Students Experience Garden to Table
Harvest on Hudson Commemorates 20th Anniversary by Hosting Hillside Elementary 2nd Grade Class to Educate on “Garden to Table”
Harvest on Hudson, a renowned restaurant on the banks of the Hudson River, hosted 132 students from Hillside Elementary School to commemorate the restaurant’s 20th Anniversary by celebrating the “garden to table” experience which is the philosophy that the restaurant was built on. Harvest on Hudson, opened its doors in June 1998, with the garden as its centerpiece.
Angelo Liberatore, managing partner of Harvest on the Hudson gave the students a tour of the garden and inspired the children to get their hands dirty and enjoy the garden experience. Students also planted their own tomato plants and were given a pizza making demonstration by Executive Chef David Amorelli.
“Our collaboration between Harvest on Hudson and Hillside has allowed students to more fully understand what plants need to grow, as well as the interdependence between plants and animals. In addition, students learned the benefits of growing food for themselves and for their community, as they learn about the farm to table experience,” said Amy Cazes, Principal, Hillside Elementary School. “We are especially excited that the students had the opportunity to cultivate seeds in the Harvest on Hudson garden and compare their growth to that of similar seeds in our Hillside garden. We look forward to this unique learning opportunity and thank Harvest on Hudson for including us in their 20th anniversary celebration.”
“We thoroughly enjoyed hosting the students and teachers from Hillside Elementary to celebrate this milestone,” said Angelo Liberatore, managing partner of Harvest on Hudson. “We were pioneers in the garden to table movement and teaching these students in the community is an ideal way for us to pay it forward to this generation because this is a practice that is close to our hearts and the focal point of our business practice.”