|Rice Drying on Randall’s Island|
THE RICE PADDY
Randall’s Island Park
Creator and Designer
Eunyoung is the Assistant Horticulture Manager for Randall’s Island Park. She was the creator of our Children’s Garden. Over the last three years, the garden has expanded. It is now 12,000 square feet. The Children’s Garden is now called The Learning Garden. This year Eunyoung had the idea to make a rice paddy. I thought she didn’t have a chance of pulling it off.
The rice paddy was built by Ulises Hernandez and Wayken Shaw using recycled bricks from Randall’s Island.
Volunteers from Bloomnberg LLP and school kids roll out plastic from Home Depot as a liner.
Volunteers and school kids propagate the rice seed in plastic cups.
We can see a little green.
The rice transferred to larger pots. I began to get worried that the paddy would turn into a breeding ground for mosquitoes. What to do? Wayken Shaw suggested pitcher plants. We also bought an $80 solar aerator from Amazon, which really worked. On Randall’s Island it’s easy to sometimes fantasize you are in another place. We bought papyrus plants and water lilies and we started dreaming.
In conjunction with school children, we added compost and sand to the “soil.”
The rice got taller.
We added bamboo to facing of the paddy and finally it was time to cut the rice.
And than it was time to cut the rice and tie into bundles.
Jackie Young’s 5th Grade Class from PS 182 and the crew
from Momofuku Restaurant thresh the rice.
Separating the rice from the husk.
From left to right: Matt Rudofker, Sous Chef from Ssam Bar,
Manager from Ssam Bar and Wayken Shaw, Horticulture Crew, Randall’s Island
with a traditional winnowing basket from Korea.
I will also be blogging for the rice paddy site.