by Heather Veneziano, Children’s Garden Horticulturist, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden
All over the Commonwealth, schools are celebrating Farm to School Week (November 11th -15th). The Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (VDACS) designated this week to encourage schools from kindergarten through college to use Virginia Grown foods in their cafeterias. Local Food Hub, a Charlottesville-based non-profit is also a great resource to find out what local foods your school will be serving and to see a schedule of in-school events.
Here at the Garden we believe that every child should have access to fresh local food. Our Community Kitchen Garden helps supply fresh local food to FeedMore’s Kid’s Café and Meals on Wheels.
The Children’s Garden also does our part to show children the diversity of fruits and vegetables that can grow here in Central Virginia. Through our Discovery and Young Buds programs, groups get to taste and smell different vegetables, fruits and herbs! Plus, they get to harvest or plant them themselves.