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. 

Kindergartners Love Trying New Food at Tyler! - by Ibti Vincent

The Tyler FoodPrints team is looking forward to working with all students at the school this year, and we're off to a great start! This past Friday marked our ninth Tyler FoodPrints session of the fall, and our very first class with Kindergartners at Tyler, and boy did we have a lot of fun....

Ms. Djisam's class began with a discussion about our friends, the pollinators: how they help plants to produce many delicious fruits and vegetables for us to harvest and enjoy, and how we can calmly observe them doing this important work in the garden.

After practicing our bee/butterfly watching behaviors and drawing pictures of some of our favorite pollinators, we proceeded to the garden to count and marvel at all of the growing plants. Together, we harvested some things for our snack (like cucumbers and cherry tomatoes) and others for later use, like our heirloom Hidasta dry beans, donated by friends at our local Slow Food chapter, which will be delicious in winter soups and stews.

Finally, we returned to the classroom. One by one, we identified the various  fresh fruits and veggies from our garden and local farmers market, tasting those that looked interesting and circling the name of each new food we tried. There were many requests for seconds on apples and peppers, and barely any scraps to compost at the end of class. We're looking forward to working with this enthusiastic group again soon

Written by Ibti Vincent