The FRESHFARM FoodPrints program and the Washington Youth Garden are excited to announce a new partnership to provide lessons on environmental literacy to students in kindergarten through 3rd grade at 18 D.C. Public Schools. Supporting this partnership is a generous $154,300 grant from the Washington D.C. Office of the State Superintendent of Schools.
In 2015, the D.C. City Council funded Environmental Literacy programming for D.C. Public and Charter Schools. This includes the creation of an Environmental Literacy Leadership Cadre of teachers who applied to participate from 18 schools as well as grant funding for non-profits to support their efforts.
The FRESHFARM FoodPrints Program and The Washington Youth Garden are natural partners for the effective delivery of garden-based Environmental Literacy Education to elementary students in D.C. public and charter schools. FRESHFARM has active environmental education programming at six of the Cadre schools, where it has developed vibrant school gardens and teaching kitchens.
Washington Youth Garden offers off-site field trips to their extensive, bountiful Youth Garden at the Arboretum."During both FoodPrints lessons and Washington Youth Garden field trips, students will learn about the role that food plays in creating a local, sustainable food supply, the importance of protecting the environment to ensure the local food shed, and the impact of our food choices on our short and long-term health," explains FRESHFARM Director of Education Jennifer Mampara. "We are particularly excited to introduce more students, and teachers to the Washington Youth Garden, and to the U.S National Arboretum," adds Washington Youth Program Director, Ulises Zatarain. "Building lasting partnerships towards achieving collective impact is one of our core values, and we are very grateful to OSSE for this opportunity."
For additional information on The Washington Youth Garden please visit washingtonyouthgarden.org.