On July 12, the Farm, in partnership with DC Greens, welcomed author Sharon Gamson Danks to our campus to discuss her book, Asphalt to Ecosystems: Design Ideas for Schoolyard Transformation. Danks held the attention of approximately 70 guests with ease as she presented examples of schools around the world that have transformed their play areas from uninspired, cookie cutter spaces to ecologically rich environments that encourage imagination and interaction.
After the presentation, the guests moved from inside the school to the farm where they enjoyed some light summer fare prepared with farm produce by Chef Allison Sosna from DC Central Kitchen who will be in charge of food services for the school this coming year.
It was our honor and pleasure to host this event, the first of what we hope to be many gatherings that embrace partnerships and best practices in bringing sustainable environments to our students and the larger community. Many, many thanks to Sharon Danks, Chef Allison, Daniel Thaeler from Whole Foods P Street, Lauren Biel from DC Greens and our small army of enthusiastic volunteers who made it all happen.