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. 

We Love Bees! - by Jess Walters

One of my favorite lessons that we've done with the kids at Tyler Elementary has been talking about the pollinators! Bees are so important in food production. Without them, we would be in a total fruit and veggie funk. Nothing would get pollinated and things wouldn't grow. So I like talking with the kids about the importance of bees and how we should act when we see them. We tell the kids that the bees are awesome and to keep calm when one comes by, because they sting only for protection, after which, they die.

Ibti has some really great laminated color photos of the different kind of bees we might see outside such as the bumble bee, the sweat bee, or the sunflower bee.  I think it's great for kids to learn how different bees help to pollinate different things in the garden, and that not all bees sting! Prior to this lesson I didn't realize how many different bees there were and that different breeds have different jobs. I found that to be very cool. The kids seem more into the pollinators that wouldn't hurt them like lady bugs or butterflies, but I hope we're helping them to appreciate various insects that visit the garden.

- by Jess Walters, FoodPrints Intern at Tyler Elementary