Mt. Kisco Elementary Garden

It may only be mid-February, but it’s not too soon to be thinking about green things growing. Take a leaf out of Mt. Kisco Elementary School (NY) Library’s book and work with your teachers and community to build a community garden. Working with other members of the faculty, librarian Susan Polos incorporated garden activities and information-seeking skills in accordance with the Bedford Central School District’s commitment to sustainability and wellness. All students plant, weed, mulch and harvest the vegetables, with the older students building compost piles, learning the chemistry behind gardening and exploring the cultural touch points of farming through the ages.

The Garden has been an ideal opportunity for the school to work with outside partners. Financial and hands-on support from the Bedford Garden Club and Mt. Kisco Elementary School Association, have been instrumental in realizing the vision. Other partners include Kids Growing Food/New York Agriculture in the Classroom, the Rippowam Cisqua School, Neighbors Link, as well as a memorial gift. Many businesses in Mt. Kisco have also donated to the garden.

For more information about this outdoor classroom that was years in the making, contact Mt. Kisco Elementary School Librarian, Susan Polos at

Teacher reads to students near garden.

Kids with carrots in the garden.

Students diggin in the garden.

Students standing around the garden.




The Sustainability Spotlight is a weekly series that highlights community-driven, environmentally sound, and economically responsible programs and projects in libraries and other organizations. You can find more projects in the Sustainability Spotlight Archive or visit NYLA's Sustainability Initiative to learn more about how you can get started with sustainability in your library.