Detroit Public Schools Community District’s Office of School Nutrition Launches Family Farm Days

Detroit Public Schools Community District (DPSCD)’s Office of School Nutrition (OSN) and its Detroit School Garden Collaborative (DSGC) will launch a series of monthly Family Farm Days beginning in July.

For a small fee, families will be able to tour Drew Farm, learn how to plant and harvest their own food, make smoothies (nutrition lesson), and take home fresh Detroit grown produce. Lunch will be provided.

“The primary objective is to engage the community (DPSCD family and school neighborhoods) by offering healthy, affordable food that is grown by DPSCD staff and students on DPSCD grounds,” said DPSCD Office of School Nutrition Executive Director Betti Wiggins. “Family Farm Days provides complimentary nutrition education materials (i.e. recipes, nutritional handouts and programming opportunities) to encourage healthy eating at school and students’ households.”

The cost is $20 for a family of five and $5 per person. Attendees may pay with cash, debit or credit cards at the door.

  • When: Saturday, July 9, 2016 from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
  • Where: Charles Drew Transition Center – 9600 Wyoming Ave., Detroit, MI (corner of Wyoming and Chicago)

“We know that developing healthy eating habits does not stop in the cafeteria, and we want to empower our families to practice healthy eating at home as well. Drew Family Farm Days offer an affordable, fun, and hands on experience for families to learn together the importance of healthy foods and how they can make healthy eating part of their home environment,” 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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