Elementary School in Dallas Food Desert Plants a Garden


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Volunteers have been spending some quality time playing in the dirt at John Quincy Adams Elementary School in Dallas. The school is installing a garden that will not only provide fresh fruits and vegetables but also educational opportunities.

The school is located in East Dallas, which is considered a food desert, an area that lacks access to fresh and affordable food.

More than 90% of the students at Adams Elementary qualify for free or reduced lunch.

With $100,000 in backing from Wells Fargo, REAL School Gardens, a non-profit that creates learning gardens, has selected five schools in North Texas for garden training and education. It’s hoped to be a long-term relationship.

“We partner with the school for several years to train the teachers to actually use their garden as a classroom, so that it gets integrated into the instructional practice on the school grounds,” said Ellen Robinson of REAL School Gardens in a news article.

The hope is that when children learn more about fruits and vegetables, they’ll want to eat them!

Read more about the developing garden here.

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