Councilmember Tommy Wells came out to the farm this afternoon to see what is happening on our corner at K and New Jersey in Ward 6. After a quick round of introductions, farm operations volunteer John Cochran, took Councilmember Wells on a tour of the crops that are thriving after just two weeks in the ground – eggplant, tomatoes, beans, squash, pumpkins, beets, collards, an herb garden and sunflowers just starting to peek out of the ground. Wells had questions about the compost station and our future plans for expansion of student services on the grounds in the form of an outdoor classroom, water station and maybe even a pizza oven one day.
Wells was also very interested in our plans to develop a garden curriculum this year that will integrate with standard curriculum in the classrooms and will address science, social studies, math and language arts standards. We promised to share our developing plans with him, and told him of our hopes of sharing our newly developed curriculum materials with the larger DCPS community.
The topics that appeared most important to Wells though, to his credit, were the wellness issues plaguing so many children in the district. He knowledgeably quoted statistics on obesity and other health related problems facing our student population, and expressed a hope that our project will become a part of the solution for the great kids we serve.
Many thanks Councilmember Wells for taking the time to share in our farm hopes and dreams for the kids of Walker Jones Education Campus! (And the DC politician deemed best Tweeter by DCist this week promised to follow us on Twitter too!)
Photo courtesy of City Paper.