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Middle School Vegetable Stand Opens with Help from VCU Grant

The following is an excerpt from a June 25 Times-Dispatch article. Read the full article at http://www.timesdispatch.com/news/local/henrico/middle-school-opens-student-run-vegetable-stand/article_a4d066e6-89f4-5a4e-8bfa-6963d46a6287.html.

Some of Henrico County’s youngest entrepreneurs have swapped lemonade stands for vegetable stands.

The Fairfield Fresh Market is a rarity in the eastern part of the county – and likely the only farm stand operated by students.

The Fairfield Middle School students will harvest, display and sell the produce at the school on Nine Mile Road every Wednesday from 4 to 6 p.m. through the summer.
The tables were filled with baskets of chard, rhubarb, peas, cucumber, kale, cilantro, basil, dill, carrots and radishes picked just hours before from the garden in the back of the school.

A $1,000 grant from Virginia Commonwealth University paid for the tents, tables, signs, scales and registers at the market. Proceeds will be funneled back into garden supplies.

The vegetable stand is the continuation of a community garden project that began with a partnership with VCU GreenSTEM. Read the article at http://www.community.vcu.edu/2013/03/17/middle-school-teacher-receives-grant-to-continue-greenstem-project/