The First Lady, Michelle Obama, will continue her American Garden Tour to highlight the impact and benefits of diverse gardens across the country. Earlier this year, Mrs. Obama surprised students who participate in gardening programs at Watkins Elementary School and John Burroughs Elementary School in Washington, DC, along with a local family, who has made their backyard garden a community effort.

The First Lady will join students at Philip’s Academy Charter School to participate in planting their school garden.

Philip’s Academy created the EcoSpaces Education program to connect students to food, how it’s grown, and how it nourishes their bodies in order to empower them to make healthy choices throughout their lives.  Students receive homemade meals prepared by their culinary team following USDA nutritional guidelines and served family style by the children at a community table. The school uses their learning environments—a rooftop garden, teaching kitchen, AeroFarms indoor growing lab, and dining room—to connect core curriculum to food literacy in an interactive way.