Virginia Agriculture in the Classroom, a program that promotes greater understanding of agriculture through education, has awarded Walsingham Academy with a grant for the 2021-22 academic year.
Walsingham Academy is the only school in Williamsburg-James City County to receive this grant.
The grant, meant to provide students with experiences related to “gardening, animal agriculture, nutrition, STEM, and leadership development,” will go toward the purchase of two weatherproof, metal-raised garden beds.
These garden beds—estimated to last 20-plus years—will be placed inside a fenced-in area as part of the Lower School’s Learning Garden expansion.
Students currently germinate seeds and raise their plants inside of the Walsingham greenhouse. With these new beds, students will be able to transplant their plants to an outdoor growing area and continue their studies of pollination and farm-to-table agriculture.
“Winning this grant means Walsingham Academy can continue to provide hands-on learning opportunities for students at every grade level,” Lower School Science Coordinator Kim Ward said. “Expanding our outdoor learning environment is an ever-present goal of the Lower School.”
To learn more about Virginia Agriculture in the Classroom, click here.