Last week, we kicked off our 8th season of the School Garden Market program at 17 schools across the city including 9 new schools. This means nearly 200 students will be actively engaged in running a School Garden Market at their school this Fall!
For those unfamiliar, a School Garden Market is a student run farm stand, stocked with produce from their garden, and supplemented with offerings from DC Greens’ K Street Farm and the Common Market, a Pennsylvania-based food hub missioned to connect communities with good food from sustainable family farms. This weekly program turns schools into healthy food access points within low-income communities, and transforms students into ambassadors for local and sustainably-grown fruits and vegetables. All the while, students gain hands-on math and marketing skills, raise money for their school garden program, and create connections between local farms and their school community. Learn more about the program HERE.
Our Fall 2017 orientation boasted several speakers covering a range of topics including:
- Nony Dutton from FRESHFARM Markets gave a marketing 101 presentation and shared their resources to enable SNAP purchases at schools’ markets.
- Maddie Morales from the Common Market spoke about produce selection, pricing, farmer profiles and other ways to extend schools’ market season through Common Market partnerships.
- Leo Horrigan from Johns Hopkins Center for a Livable Future presented on their FoodSpan Curriculum and ways to deepen educational opportunities through School Garden Markets.
- Malka Roth from City Blossoms shared their new Garden Gastronomy curriculum and ideas for value add products and taste tests.
This Fall you can expect to see a wide variety of delicious produce at School Garden Markets including root vegetables, winter squash, mushrooms, dark leafy greens, onions, herbs, apples, pears and more! To find a market near you, click here! For more information or to start a School Garden Market at your school, email Jordan@dcgreens.org!