Detroit Public Schools’ Office of School Nutrition to Launch student led Farmer’s Markets this summer

The two farm stands will provide fresh produce grown by DPS staff and students

Detroit Public Schools’ Office of School Nutrition (OSN) and its Detroit School Garden Collaborative (DSGC) will launch two farmer’s markets this June.

The grand opening will be held at Earhart Elementary-Middle School featuring a brief assembly in the school’s auditorium with remarks by OSN’s Executive Director, Betti Wiggins before the market officially opens.According to Wiggins, “The primary objective is to engage the community (DPS family and school neighborhoods) by offering healthy, affordable food that is grown by DPS staff and students on DPS grounds and providing complimentary nutrition education materials (i.e. recipes, nutritional handouts, and programming opportunities) to encourage healthy eating at school and students’ households.”All produce grown at Drew Farm follows DPS organic growing practices (i.e. no pesticides). All produce sold will be labeled as unwashed in accordance with food safety regulations. DPS high school students trained through the DSGC’s farm stand curriculum will assist in operating the markets.

Both markets will accept cash, debit cards, credit cards and EBT/Bridge Cards.

When:

  • June 17 – September 30, 2016
    1:00 – 3:00 p.m. – Earhart Elementary-Middle School
  • June 29 – September 28, 2016
    3:00 – 6:00 p.m. –   Palmer Park Prep Academy

Where:

  • Earhart Elementary- Middle School – 1000 Scotten (at the front entrance near playground)
  • Palmer Park Preparatory Academy – 3901 Margareta (at the corner of Margareta and Warrington)

“This is a wonderful opportunity for students to take on leadership roles and make a positive impact in the community and provide access to healthy foods,” stated Monica DeGarmo, program manager of the Detroit School Garden Collaborative.

The Detroit School Garden Collaborative is a Farm to School initiative comprised of Drew Farm, a two-acre farm and 82 school garden sites. Each site features six raised garden beds. Drew Farm consists of six, 96 square foot hoop houses which produces thousands of pounds of various greens, root vegetables, non-GMO sweet corn, tomatoes, cucumbers and other produce.

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