This past year students from grades 2nd through 5th were enthusiastically involved in our Fall and Spring Farmer’s Market benefiting in so many ways including customer service, product identification, marketing, and sales.
Our In- House Composting and Recycling Programs where students learn the importance of how we all can benefit from reusable products lessening the impact on our environment both locally and globally.
We, as in the farmer’s market program are 95% sustainable in terms of produce grown within our garden. It’s obvious Stoddert Lemonade is our top seller, however we ‘re focused on the nutritional value the garden potentially serves all of us. We want all of you to consider purchasing our garden produce (grown without any pesticides or adverse additives).
Our Chicken Hatching Educational program for mainly the Pre-Kindergarten students became a shared educational experience for students throughout the school.
On a personal note, the Food Literacy Program during the winter session not only benefited our students, it helped me so much to reflect on my health during the month’s of February and March when diagnosed with a H.Pylori bacterial infection which effects our Microbiome or stomach region. There’s so much to learn about our “gut”. I cannot overstate the importance of eating healthier foods and in addition some form of exercise and mindfulness.
Our student’s vocabulary across the curriculum includes a few new words (monocrop, sustainabilty, and permaculture), along a concern for how to help reduce food waste, food affordability, and hunger.
Yes, the bees are back, Mason and Leafcutter bees (solitary bees), docile and student friendly populating fruit and vegetables. Additional benches are being built as an Eagle Scout project by a Stoddert alumnus who has started a gofundme page to support the endeavor. To see a pic of Zach’s first bench and find a link to support him please click here.
I personally invite you to visit the garden for a tour and stop by the Farmer’s market in Georgetown/Burleith this Summer where I Volunteer for Community FoodWorks!
Plant flowers, increase the Butterfly population!
Thank you Lisa, Jessica, and Ms Bruno for your help in the success of our gardening program (and my parent and neighborhood volunteers).