For nearly three hours a day, Kate Brashares lives in transit. That’s the length of the commute between her home in Montclair, N.J., and Dumbo, Brooklyn, where she runs the nonprofit organization Edible Schoolyard NYC, an offshoot of an Alice Waters initiative to bring gardens and cooking classes to public schools… Her reward, from May through October, is returning home to eat dinner outside, off the grill, in a backyard that sprawls like a court at Wimbledon. Never mind that she can use the grill only half the year; it is her most prized cooking tool and a connection to her childhood, when, she said, "I was outside all the time."… Although gardening "is part of my cultural heritage," Ms. Brashares said, she fell in love with it only after joining Edible Schoolyard in 2012. At first, she tried to grow the plants she remembered from her home in London, overestimating the New Jersey climate: "They all died." She has since enrolled in the Master Gardener Program through the Rutgers University Cooperative Extension, hoping to find illumination on the subjects of soil science and pest control.
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