Our Garden of Eatin' food science and nutrition program is based at the Martin Luther King Jr., Charter School in the Lower 9th Ward of New Orleans. It is supervised by faculty members at Martin Luther King Jr. Charter School with funding assistance from Common Ground Relief.
Students from the School's 3rd and 5th Grade classes meet twice a week after school to learn about all aspects of food production, from plant science and nutrition to food systems and sustainability.
Students are able to gain an understanding of how food gets from the farm to their plates and learn which foods to eat and why, while planting a garden of their own at the School.
By gaining the tools and knowledge to grow their own food, students can make informed decisions about their diets and become stewards of their environment, contributing to the renewal of their own neighborhood.
In addition to the food science and nutrition focus, the gardening program has expanded to include an urban forest and watershed demonstration area. In addition drought resistant roses and a Louisiana Iris collection are being created and will be supervised by student mentors from a Wetland education program created in conjunction with our partner GroundworkNOLA.
The Garden in progress and Martin Luther King Jr. Elementary Charter School.
In the Spring, third and fifth graders trekked out to Jim Core's vegetable farm in Folsom, LA. We helped Jim plant okra, learned about well water, and hung out in the countryside. What a great opportunity to meet a local farmer and his horses - thanks Jim!