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The local food movement has caught on such that increasing numbers of people are interested in locally grown food products, rather than those shipped from afar. That is true for the Office of School Nutrition, just as it is for many local restaurants. To highlight the many ways in which this idea is implemented within the Detroit Public Schools, a Farm to Table dinner was hosted on September 17 at the Drew School.

Members of the community and the garden collaborative were given a tour of the Drew Farm, and treated to a delicious meal prepared by DPS chef, Kevin Frank. Attendees learned of the program of vegetables grown in school gardens, and served in school cafeterias. They saw the hoop houses that will allow for year round growing. They learned of the engagement of students in the maintenance of the gardens, and the incorporation of plant science into the curriculum.

There are more than 70 school gardens at DPS schools. These gardens are an important adjunct to the school meal program, as well as a contributor to the education of our students.  Public and private financial support has made these gardens possible. However, the need for funds continues. There are ongoing costs for seeds, fertilizer, equipment, personnel, etc. Your contribution to the school garden initiative will ensure that they will be a viable source of high quality vegetables for our students, at the same time that they offer an important hands-on learning opportunity. Please give to this program.

To watch ‘A Tour of Drew Farm’ click here