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Teens Tend Buffalo Urban Garden

Growing Green urban garden in Buffalo, N.Y., includes an aquaponics system also tended by the local teens. (Photo by REBEKAH WILLIAMS via Flickr)

Growing Green urban garden in Buffalo, N.Y., includes an aquaponics system tended by local teens. (Photo by REBEKAH WILLIAMS via Flickr)

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Hand-Pulled Chinese Noodles in New York City

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Brooklyn Teens Tap into Upstate New York Farm Life

Tuesday, March 19th, 2013

Teens tapped maple trees for sap, lugged logs to build bridges and cooked their own dinner community style. But these weren’t kids from the sticks; they were teens at Kurt Hahn Expeditionary Learning School in East Flatbush, N.Y., spending a week away from the classroom and doing their learning on the road. Part of the school’s mandate is to take students on themed explorations in the real world to make connections between learning and life.

Algebra teacher Sara Garner recently led a group to her hometown of Ithaca, N.Y. where agriculture is an integral part of life. “I took this trip to get out of my comfort zone,” Shaina Williams, 17, told the Ithaca Journal. “All this nature stuff is just not me, but I feel like I needed to branch out.”

Kurt Hahn Expeditionary Learning School student Shaina Williams attaches a spile to a sugar maple for sap collection in Ithaca, N.Y. (Photo by SIMON WHEELER, Ithaca Journal)

Kurt Hahn Expeditionary Learning School student Shaina Williams, 17, attaches a spile to a sugar maple for sap collection in Ithaca, N.Y. (Photo by SIMON WHEELER, Ithaca Journal)

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Kurt Hahn Expeditionary School Conducts Healthy Food Survey

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Brooklyn Teens Take Time Off for Upstate Farming

Teens from Brooklyn's Kurt Hahn School help carry logs for a bridge at a maple sugar farm in Ithaca, N.Y. (Photo by SIMON WHEELER, Ithaca Journal)

Teens from Brooklyn's Kurt Hahn School help carry logs for a bridge at a maple sugar farm in Ithaca, N.Y. (Photo by SIMON WHEELER, Ithaca Journal)

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