FRESHFARM's food education program in partnership with DC Public Schools

FoodPrints is an education project of FRESHFARM that integrates gardening, cooking, and nutrition education into the curriculum at partner elementary schools. Watch the FoodPrints video to see our program in action. 

Growing Little Cabbage Lovers by Jeni Freed

Sitting on the carpet with a class of PK3 students, it was my job to sell cabbage.  “Look at this one it is big, smooth and round.  Whisper what color it is to me.” A hushed “green” comes my way.

“This one looks similar.  It is smooth like the green cabbage but it a little smaller and red.  Now look inside”… I sliced the red cabbage open and show it to the group. "Oohs" and "ahhs" and all around excitement as the class observed the marbleized core of the red cabbage.  

After seeing and feeling several different varieties, the students were ready to work.   In a quick hour, students cut and prepared a Red Cabbage and Bok Choy Slaw, with greens harvested from the Ludlow-Taylor garden.  Students cut the cabbage, tore cilantro, squeezed limes and measured oil.  The true test came at the end of the lesson. 

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“Okay, class, on the count of three we are going to take our first bite together… 1 2 3”

A resounding “YUM” filled the classroom.