Old Brooklyn’s adorable schoolyard gardeners

The whole farm-to-table food movement? It’s not as new to affluent Brooklyn as you’d think.

In 1905, this group of young, sun-protected (look at those wide-brimmed hats and bonnets!) residents posed next to their wheelbarrows and watering cans in their backyard school garden.


They were enrolled in the kindergarten at Pratt Institute in Clinton Hill, which apparently had a little plot of land to help these city kids learn about dirt, seeds, and growing their own food.

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7 Responses to “Old Brooklyn’s adorable schoolyard gardeners”

  1. James Says:

    I lived in the Clinton Hill area in the mid 1930s through the early 1950s and used the Pratt library as a child.

    The children depicted were most probably from the affluent families who populated the area at the time. When my family moved to the area in the middle of the depression the area had changed to a mix of older wealthy families on Clinton and Washington Avenues to others struggling to survive and eventually to a somewhat dangerous place after dark.

    • ephemeralnewyork Says:

      These kids do look like the offspring of the families who occupied the neighborhood’s brownstones and mansions at the time.

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  3. Caleb Crawford Says:

    what was the source of the photo?

  4. Hew Says:

    before Gentrification happened

  5. Laura4NYC Says:

    Wow, what a great picture. Hard to believe it’s almost 110 years old.

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