I've just returned from visiting our first two of five Richmond Public Schools participating in the Science Museum of Virginia's pizza garden. Today, John B. Cary Elementary and Maymont Elementary planted basil in their classrooms. When they've finished their SOL testing in early June, they'll visit the museum to transplant their seedlings into our on-site pizza garden. Bellevue Elementary, William Fox Elementary and Linwood Holton Elementary will also participate in this endeavor. Third grade students from these schools will be planting hot peppers, tomatoes and green peppers respectively.
It is the museum's hope that this project will inspire a new generation of gardeners. This project will hopefully allow kids to see where everday food items (such as pizza) come from. Perhaps it will even inspire some of them to pay more attention to their diet as well! I had several students tell me today that they had never grown anything from seed, so it's very exciting to be a part of that "first" in their lives.