Kids Harvest Produce at SMV's Green Acre Farm
A Science Matters report. There is a farm behind the Science Museum of Virginia designed to give kids a chance to see how urban gardens work and how it's possible even today to grow one's own food.
Later this morning, weather permitting, youngsters from the Richmond Boys' and Girls' Clubs will begin harvesting produce grown right behind the Museum.
Conte: Tomatoes, squash, a couple of different varieties of peppers.
Richard Conte is Director and CEO at the Science Museum of Virginia, which has set up the Green Acre Farm in the museum's big back yard.
Conte: The Green Acre we have is a way to get families and young people kind of reconnected with growing stuff.
All summer, volunteers have been helping maintain the Green Acre. Help has come from many places, including Richmond Public third graders from five different schools, who started seedlings for the pizza garden.
Conte: Green Acre is a great example of The Science Museum actually participating in the science. We actually doing stuff here, not just talking about it and we've already harvested close to a ton of vegetables just in the last couple of months alone.
The harvest is going to the Central Virginia Food Bank.