At the Farm up the road

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05 07 12 Farm 3

JEH students tasting farm fresh spinach at Whitelock Community Farm (5/7/12)

Baltimore City's 2012 Sustainability Challenge invited 54 Baltimore City public schools to create school-wide responses to at least one of three challenge areas--sustainability, energy, and food. This spring, John Eager Howard Elementary School not only participated in the Sustainability Challenge, but completed projects that attempt to improve John Eager Howard's performance in all three areas.

As part of JEH's Healthy Foods challenge, RHIC and Whitelock Community Farm  hosted students on 6 field trips to the Farm, a short two block walk from Lennox St. to Whitelock St. For many students, it was their first time visiting any Farm, whether in their neighborhood or beyond.

First, Elisa Lane, Farm manager, and other volunteers gave the students a tour of the Farm...

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05 07 12 Farm 2

Walking through the hoop house (5/7/12)

...then students got to see their school lunch scraps beginning to decompose into healthy compost...

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04 16 12 Farm 2

Students investigating the compost pile (4/16/12)

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04 16 12 Farm 3

 A JEH Green Keeper finds one of the worms from the compost bin (4/16/12)

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and also learn a little bit about some often overlooked ingredients.

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04 16 12 Farm 4

JEH Green Keeper smelling a sprig of freshly picked rosemary (4/16/2012)

By the time they left, the students couldn't wait to come back!

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04 16 12 Farm 5

Green Keepers posing with their favorite herbs (4/16/12)