Angelo Liberatore

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Stories From Main Street: A Horticulture Lesson From Harvest On Hudson

July 09, 2018 - 7:00 am

HASTINGS-ON-HUDSON, N.Y. (WCBS 880) -- Sometimes, the classroom moves outside.

In this edition of “Stories from Main Street,” Sean Adams joined Angelo Liberatore, owner of Harvest on Hudson, as he conducted a tasting tour in his garden for students from Hillside Elementary School.

“This is tarragon. The fun thing is it tastes like licorice,” Liberatore said as he pointed out one of the herbs. A youngster agreed wholeheartedly with his assessment.

When Liberatore was the students’ age, his family cultivated their backyard in Yonkers.

Angelo Liberatore
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“Tomatoes and zucchini and peppers and all the different herbs, and we had fruit trees, and we had cherry trees and peach trees,” he said.

Liberatore has recreated that childhood cornucopia next to his Italian restaurant.

“Everything that is grown in this garden is used in the restaurant,” he said.

Hillside STEAM teacher Robin Farrell said the experience reinforces what the kids learned in class.

“They know that when they see flowers, they’re going to see more seeds. They know that when the flowers are growing, they need the pollinators, and that it’s OK for the bees to be there; not to be scared of them,” she said. “It’s just this whole hands-on learning, problem-solving, that gets them out in the air too.”

Jaiden Nunez, 7, gets it.

“Put seeds in the dirt, and then you water it, so then a couple days, it like, starts to grow and grow and grow,” he said.

“We made pizza and planted tomatoes,” added Joseph Sbrega, 8, who says he plans to eat the tomatoes.

Harvest On Hudson
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For Liberatore, it’s his way of giving back to the community after 20 years in business.

“You don’t have to go to, you know, a grocery store to get some really great food that you can know what it is, grow it, and it always tastes better when you do it that way,” he said.