Funded! This project was successfully funded on June 15, 2011.

Update #25

FoodPrints Featured on News Channel 4


Did you see our FoodPrints program on NBC Washington last night? Here is the link!/news/local/Edible-Schoolyard--FoodPrints/210891911

We loved showing reporter Liz Crenshaw the edible schoolyard and FoodLab at Watkins Elementary School last week. And the kids absolutely loved talking with her about their favorite vegetables and what they've learned in the program. She was amazed to learn that they love kale and even heard them ask for more spinach while she was visiting! Like what you see? Our goal is to make FoodPrints a citywide (and even nationwide) model for healthy eating but we can't do it without your support. Please consider making a donation to support the program on FRESHFARM Markets’ website at

Thanks for your support! ~ FoodPrints Team

Update #24

Food Lab Update

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Dear Food Lab Supporters,

It is hard to believe that is already been seven months since our Food Lab was complete.  We have been busy teaching, learning, gardening, cooking and eating!  We wanted to update you, our fabulous supporters, about how much we are enjoying our new space. 

This year we have over 330 students participating in FoodPrints classes in 1st, 3rd and 4th grades.  Over the course of this school year, our students have studied topics that range from studying the ways that tubers, bulbs and seeds grow new plants, to understanding companion planting through learning about the Three Sisters, to comparing nutrient dense and energy dense foods, to investigating soil and decomposition.  We have prepared dishes that range from Hoppin' John with Collard Greens to Vietnamese Summer Rolls to Sweet Potato Quesadillas.  Our students have taken home recipes to share with their families.

The new lab is an amazing resource for Watkins Elementary and for FRESHFARM's FoodPrints Program.  Thank you!  Please enjoy the pictures below.


Jennifer Mampara                                                                                                 

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Update #23

Food Lab is complete!


With great pleasure today, we moved into the beautiful new Food Lab at Watkins.  It is an absolutely wonderful space and we are endlessly thankful to each of you for helping us make this dream come true for our school  Enjoy the pictures!

We will be there all day tomorrow for the Renovator's House Tour if you would like to come see it in person.

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Update #22

Food Lab will be finished this week!


We have reached the final few days of construction on the Food Lab, and while it is still a big mess, the room has truly been transformed.  On Friday I will post another update with images of what it looks like once we have cleaned and stocked it.  In the meantime, I thought you would enjoy seeing the progress.

Also attached are images of the beautiful tiles our students created for the backsplash.

If you live in the area and are available on Saturday, please join us for the Renovator's House tour featuring the Food Lab at Watkins.  You can read more about the tour and buy tickets here:

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Update #21

Food Lab Construction Update


Construction on the Food Lab is continuing.  The cabinets have been hung, the appliances have been delivered and the plumbers and electricians are visiting regularly.  The measurements for countertops were taken last week, and we've been very busy buying supplies to stock the room. 

We expect work to be done in two weeks so that we can prepare the room for the Renovator's House tour on Capitol Hill.  If you live locally and are interested in visiting us that day, we will have three cooking demonstrations and snacks will be available.  Tickets for the tour can be purchased at or at Fragers, Hill's Kitchen, or Schneider's.  They are $20 in advance and $25 the day of the event at any of the houses. All proceeds from the tour support programming at the Capitol Hill Cluster School.

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    Receive two tickets to FRESHFARM Markets’ Farmland Feast (FRESHFARM Market's premier benefit on Monday, November 7th featuring award winning chefs and local wine) and a FRESHFARM Markets bag filled with FoodPrints recipes and two market caps.

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