Walker Jones Education Campus, a DC Public School serving a preschool through 8th grade community, turned over the soil and started planting on our new farm this past July. We have over a half acre for our awesome endeavor, and in just a few short months, we have grown over 3,000 pounds of food. We donated approximately 2,000 pounds of that to our neighbors at DC Central Kitchen, and the rest was prepared for school events and shared with our other neighbors.
Our farm is our outdoor classroom, an avenue for community building and outreach, and our chance to fight the statistics that say that one fourth of our student population will have a form of diabetes before reaching adulthood. We are a 100% free meal campus, but we are committed to showing both students and families that tight budgets do not have to mean unhealthy food choices.
The farm is getting a little cold right now so following the excellent example of Edible Schoolyards across the country, we are taking the good fight inside by establishing a kitchen classroom. The staff has been lending equipment. We have a full size refrigerator, a stove, two Viking induction burners, and a stand mixer but we need quite a few things more to make this a high functioning learning environment. And that's where you come in ...
Please check out our progress on our blog at wjfarm.wordpress.com including the video of our CNN feature. Or drive by and check us out. We are on the highly visible corner of New Jersey and K NW.
Funded by Washington, DC (July 2012)