Agriculture in the Classroom

I serve as record keeper and director on the board for SO Fresh.

Southwest Virginia Fresh (SO Fresh) is an all-volunteer, 501c3 nonprofit, community service association devoted to bringing consumers & producers and other local foods organizations together to actively elevate and promote a thriving local foods economy throughout Southwest Virginia.

One area of interest that SO Fresh has been active in is “Youth in Agriculture.” Our Advisory Board began this long-term initiative to develop in youth an understanding of how and where food is grown/produced AND to prepare youth to be gardeners and potential future farmers.

Currently, SO Fresh is partnering with Dublin Middle School and is seeking funding for the creation of an educational module centered on an indoor, classroom garden (aka Agriculture in the Classroom). This garden would allow students to grow herbs, tomatoes, leafy greens, and other suitable crops while learning and executing good agricultural concepts (hands on applications) and meeting core curriculum requirements. Students will achieve a true “from seed to kitchen to table” experience by taking crops that they grow to the Family and Consumer Sciences kitchens for preparation of healthy recipes for consumption by the student body.

Successful creation of this module will allow for its dissemination to and utilization by other classrooms / school systems throughout Southwest Virginia. This concept also complements the recent commitment to the farm to school initiative made by the Pulaski County Public School System.

Please take a moment and visit SO Fresh’s donation page to learn more and perhaps support this effort. Thanks!

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