Last Thursday none other than First Lady Michelle Obama made a surprise visit to a 5th grade FRESHFARM FoodPrints class at Watkins Elementary, a D.C. Public School. HGTV was at the school when Michelle Obama joined the class. “The visit was just amazing. The First Lady was so generous and encouraging with the children,” notes Jennifer Mampara, FRESHFARM Director of Education. “She helped them grind corn for fresh tortillas and make Kale Salad with greens from the Watkins garden and Spring Valley Farm & Orchard. At their request, she gave every kid a big hug before she left.” Read more about the First Lady’s visit here and view the video footage here.
Watkins was one of three surprise visits to gardens in Washington D.C. Seven years ago the First Lady planted the White House Kitchen Garden sparking a national conversation around health and wellness that evolved into her Let’s Move! initiative. During the Watkins visit, the First Lady promised the class a visit to the White House Kitchen Garden (which you can now follow on Instagram @WHKitchenGarden). Inspired by all those around the country who have joined her in supporting healthier kids and families, Mrs. Obama will be sharing the stories of gardens in various communities throughout the year.
FoodPrints is FRESHFARM’s food education program that aims to make positive changes in what children and their families eat through highly engaging, hands-on experiences with growing, harvesting, cooking, and preparing nutritious, local foods in season. In the 2015/16 school year, FRESHFARM offers FoodPrints in six D.C. Public Schools, reaching over 2,200 students in preschool through 5th grade.