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Pimp My Garden

"A $1.6-million architect's dream" is how the NYT describes what's going up behind P.S. 215 in Gravesend, the first New York affiliate of chef Alice Waters' Edible Schoolyard program. A parking lot will get ripped up this summer for the Work Architecture garden, featuring a chicken coop, outdoor pizza oven, rainwater-collecting cistern and movable greenhouse. But wait: "Even though private money will pay for construction and the estimated $400,000 a year in staffing costs, some might wonder if a multimillion-dollar garden is what a public elementary school in a large, cash-short district really needs." [NYT]