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Celebrating Farm to School Week in Louisa

Posted on Wednesday, November 21, 2012 at 1:35 pm

Jenny Thompson,4-H extension agent, helps students harvest from their raised bed.

Louisa County Public Schools celebrated Farm to School Week this past week, highlighted by a fun Friday in the Moss-Nuckols Elementary School cafeteria with the state’s highest-ranking agricultural official.

On Nov. 16, the school welcomed Matt Lohr, Virginia’s commissioner of agriculture, to see the second-grade learning garden which actually supplies vegetables to the school’s cafeteria.

The project was funded with Fuel Up to Play 60 grant money, and is a collaborative effort between the school, nutrition services, Extension and the LCHS agriculture classes. Local Extension agents-led by Jenny Thompson- manage the garden and implement the curriculum that involves twice a month lessons in plant science, nutrition and other topics, while empowering the children with planting, tending and harvesting opportunities. The high school students helped build the beds, and returned to help students at planting time.

The garden serves as an outdoor learning lab, and reinforces classroom learning. After considering the science curriculum across the elementary school level, second grade was chosen to be the focus of the garden, as the lessons best overlap with the second-grade science SOL requirements.

To read the entire story, see the Nov. 22 edition of The Central Virginian.