Five schools with successful agricultural programs showcased and sold their produce and plants at the Department of Agriculture fairgrounds on Wednesday, March 22, 2017 at the School Farmers Market during National Agriculture Week. Students from Claude O. Markoe Elementary, Ricardo Richards Elementary, Arthur A. Richards Jr. High, John H. Woodson Jr. High and the Career and Technical Education Center (CTEC) all put forth their green thumb and entrepreneurial spirit at the open house themed, “Agriculture: Food for Life.”
The participating schools sold a myriad of produce such as eggplant, chives, parley, collard greens, pumpkin, cucumbers, thyme, sofrito, okra, tomatoes, basil and a selection of ornamental plants. The Arthur A. Richards Jr. High Schools also sold eggs from their poultry farm. The CTEC students sold a variety of flowering plants and the John H. Woodson had an abundance of sweet potatoes.
Throughout the day over 300 students, parents and community members participated in face painting activities, a local food and drink presentation by Auntie Janice Tutein and trolley rides around the agriculture grounds. Attendees also had the opportunity to visit the abattoir, observe the tagging of animals and learn about the agricultural machinery used on a daily basis. Students from various public and parochial schools also attended the open house.
The young farmers will be featured on the Agriculture episode of Hall Pass airing on Tuesday, April 11, 2017.