Jon Wirth is the School Garden Coordinator for Education Coordinator and School Garden Manager at DC Prep’s Elementary Campuses in Edgewood, Benning, and Anacostia in Washington, DC. In his role he facilitates experiential learning with a core focus on food, and produce procurement for DC Prep’s SGM program.
This month we asked him, “When was your Farm to School ‘aha’ moment?” Here’s his reply:
As the School Garden Coordinator for DC Prep’s Elementary Campuses in Edgewood, Benning, and Anacostia, I have the opportunity to garden with our young people every day. We learn about water retention, germination, pollination, soil (err, “dirt”) and much else. So much else that I’ve taken to framing our many lessons through a single lens: food. We don’t tackle large policy questions around food security or municipal waste streams, or ag production questions like, “How much can we produce? How quickly can we produce it? Or, how quickly can we get it to consumers?”