Sustainability Panel Addresses Food Supply, Stewardship, and Sustainable Practices


The Sustainability Garden Panel “Food for Thought: Gardens for Promoting Children’s Health and Education” featured Dr. Diane D’Isidori Hack SAS'81, a pediatrician and children’s health advocate, and Sonya Abbye-Taylor, the Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum & Personnel, Chair, Health and Wellness Committee, for the Pawling Central School District.

The Panel addressed changes in the food system that have resulted in a distance from food supply and the health and environmental consequences of the disconnect. Dr. D’Isidori Hack also discussed the many health benefits for children when they have direct experiences with their food sources and when they are actively engaged in growing and preparing their own food.

Sonya Abbye-Taylor, also a former Assistant Professor of Education and Chair of Department at CNR, described The Edible Garden at Pawling Elementary School. Through the garden, she aims to help students learn about healthy eating through their involvement in growing the produce that is then served in the school cafeteria, demonstrate land stewardship through the use of sustainable practices such as composting and organic methods, and provide students with opportunities for outdoor activities. Sonya also discussed the development of The Edible Garden within the context of the NYS Health & Wellness mandates.

This event was co-sponsored by the School of Arts & Sciences environmental studies program and the School of Arts & Sciences education program, with support from the George Candreva Foundation, and the Office of Alumnae/i Relations.