When it’s ripe, produce from Frederick Douglass’ garden lab is harvested, cleaned, and served to its students.
The garden opened in 2012 as the school was being remodeled. Last month, Virginia’s First Lady Pamela Northam lanched her Farm-to-School initiative to increase annual statewide local food purchases to at least $22 million by 2022.
This week, representatives from Farm-to-School met with Frederick Douglass to hear about its success in order to bring it to other schools in the state.
“For the very first time, I feel…someone recognizes how much this really helps and benefits our students to live healthy lifestyles,” said Principal Melissa Logan.
Last year, the elementary school invested $70,000 into stocking its pantry with local produce.