A lack of understanding of where our foods come from, reduced access to nutritious foods, lower than average income levels and food insecurity in the region contribute to poor nutritional decisions and the rise in obesity rates and risk of chronic diseases.

In an effort to enhance knowledge of food production and healthy eating while meeting core curriculum learning objectives, SO Fresh is teaming up with Dublin Middle School to create an educational module centered on an indoor, classroom garden. This garden would allow students to grow herbs, tomatoes, leafy greens, and other suitable crops while learning and executing good agricultural concepts with hands on applications. Students will achieve a true “from seed to kitchen to table” experience as crops that are produced ultimately will be prepared in the Family and Consumer Sciences kitchen 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 help us meet our funding goal by visiting our Seedmoney.org donation page. This donation page will be open until December 16th.