Tuesday, April 9, 2013

A farm takes root in the city

Walker-Jones Education Campus - Sometimes, it’s okay to play with your food! These young sprouts are kindergarten students at Walker-Jones. The school farm’s produce is used in the classroom and goes home with the kids or is shared in the neighborhood.

‘Going green” isn’t just talk at Walker-Jones Education Campus. The D.C. school, which opened in 2009, was designed to save energy and provide a healthful environment for preschoolers through eighth-graders. But in the past three years, students, teachers and lots of volunteers have taken the school’s green commitment much further. They transformed a weedy lot across the street into a thriving farm.
“It’s a farm and not a garden,” said David Hilmy, Walker-Jones’s P.E. teacher and a trained biologist, who oversees the farm. “Our aim is to produce food.”

Link to rest of this article - Washington Post Kids Post online April 8
(Walker-Jones Education Campus) - At Walker-Jones Education Campus, students learn what it takes to make food, tending a one-acre garden that last year produced 4,200 pounds of food.

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