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The On-Ramps Service Council: A Day with Edible Schoolyard NYC
IMG_6060       Committed to having a positive impact in the communities where we work and live, the On-Ramps Service Council organizes pro bono opportunities and volunteer engagements for the firm. On October 31, seven On-Rampers stepped away from their desks to enjoy a lovely day gardening at P.S. 216 in Gravesend, Brooklyn. Welcomed by the delicious smell of borscht cooking in the kitchen and the enthusiastic Edible Schoolyard staff, we first enjoyed a quick introduction to Edible Schoolyard's programs. We were then put to work in the garden, evening the earth and laying woodchips throughout, which we learned is a cost-effective strategy to improve the ability to grow nutrient-dense food.  We were joined by a few local community members, who we soon discovered volunteer in the garden almost daily - they knew their stuff! When we broke for lunch we were able to sample the borscht, which had been made from fresh ingredients in the garden.  It tasted even more delicious than it smelled, already a high bar. We also had the pleasure of peeking in on P.S. 216’s annual Halloween parade; adorableness ensued. A special thanks to all of those who participated and an especially big thank you to Kathryn Heaberg, ESNYC’s Development Director, for being such an excellent host. We are always looking for new opportunities to serve our community and the causes we care about. If your organization could benefit from volunteers, please contact Amy Werner at awerner@on-ramps.com. -By Amy Werner