A new container farm is providing leafy greens to Ashley Ridge High.
The container farm is the result of a partnership working to make sure healthy food is going into students’ mouths – not in the trashcan.
Dorchester District Two, Ashley Ridge High’s agriculture program, Vertical Roots, Tiger Corner Farms and Boxcar Central have joined forces to start a farm-to-school program in the district.
Deb Filomarino, director of nutrition and food services for the district, said the partnership started with Olivia Thompson, public health professor at the College of Charleston. Through Thompson, Filomarino was introduced to Stefanie Swackhamer, general manager of Tiger Corner Farms, and a partnership grew to start the farm-to-school program.
Boxcar, Vertical Roots and Tiger Corner Farms are sister companies. The farm-to-school implementation started at the beginning of the school year.