Grand Opening of the Goodman Youth Grow Local Farm
Community GroundWorks and the Metropolitan School District (MMSD) announce the grand opening and expansion of the Irwin A. and Robert D. Goodman Youth Grow Local Farm in Madison.
The Goodman Youth Grow Local Farm (formerly the East High Youth Farm) is a project of Community GroundWorks. The program engages a diverse population of elementary, middle and high school students in hands-on, farm-based education in an outdoor classroom. Youth are actively involved in the entire process of running a small-scale organic urban farm – with produce going to the Goodman Community Center’s Fritz Food Pantry.
“The Irwin A. and Robert D. Goodman Foundation is proud to collaborate with Community Groundworks and the Madison Metropolitan School District,” said E.G. Schramka, executive director of the foundation. “The Youth Grow Local Farm combines two activities that Irwin and Bob had a passion for during their lifetimes: healthy foods and physical activity. Irwin and Bob would have been truly humbled to know that their names are associated with such an exciting program for children. The Goodman Foundation looks forward to watching the changes in the farm this upcoming growing season.”
“We’re excited to partner with Community Groundworks and the Goodman Foundation to give our students the chance to learn about healthy eating hands-on,” Superintendent Dan Nerad said. “The Goodman Youth Grow Local Farm will equip our students with the knowledge and skills to make local and healthy eating a reality and to enjoy it, too.”
During the celebration of the new farm name and expansion, Kindergarten and First grade classes from Kennedy Elementary School demonstrated planting of spring vegetables.