Students from East Baltimore Host Urban Farmers’ Market

April 27, 2016

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Algernon J. Campbell
410-685-0295 Ext. 249

Students Highlight Skills During the 20th Annual BUGS Farmers’ Market, a 100% Kid-Run Event

WHAT: The 60 members of Living Classrooms Foundation’s Baltimore Urban Gardening with Students (BUGS) After School Program have been growing, cooking, and creating over the course of the fall and winter in preparation for the 20th Annual BUGS Farmers Market. During the event, 2nd through 5th graders from Baltimore City’s East Side will showcase what they have learned in the areas of gardening, creative arts, cooking, creative movement, and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math), including serving as the cashiers, receipt writers, sales associates, and stockers of their own business.

This one-day, kid-run event offers hundreds of organically grown heirloom vegetable, flower and herb seedlings, student-made artwork, and homemade ice cream. Throughout the course of the event, visitors will enjoy live demonstrations, samples and music.

WHEN: Saturday, April 30, 2016 RAIN OR SHINE!
10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

WHERE: Living Classrooms Foundation East Harbor Campus
802 S. Caroline Street
Baltimore, MD 21231

NOTE: For additional information or to cover the event, please contact Algernon Campbell at 410-685-0295 Ext, 249 or via email at

About the Baltimore Urban Gardening with Students (BUGS) Program:
The Baltimore Urban Gardening with Students (BUGS) Program of Living Classrooms Foundation works with children from under-served Baltimore City communities throughout the year with an after-school program as well as a summer program. The program’s primary goal is to empower and inspire our children to develop academically, creatively, and socially.

The Baltimore Urban Gardening with Students After School Program serves 60 second, third, fourth, and fifth grade students from Commodore John Rodgers Elementary/Middle, a Baltimore City Public School, Monday-Thursday from 3-6pm and Friday from 1:30-4:30 during the school year and five hours per day during the summer. Many of our students reside in low-income neighborhoods and have little access to green space and few extra-curricular activities available to them. The program engages youth in learning while providing them with a safe and healthy alternative to the streets.

BUGS is a nationally-recognized model program that uses thematic teaching groups including Gardening, Cooking and Nutrition, Creative Arts, Creative Movement, and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) to help increase academic performance in reading and math and improve student behavior. The program provides a dynamic learning environment at Commodore John Rodgers Elementary/Middle School and the Living Classrooms East Harbor campus, with access to vegetable and flower gardens planted by the students, and the only wetlands on Baltimore’s Inner Harbor. Our 1:12 instructor/student ratio provides youth with the close attention they need to succeed socially and academically.

In operation for over 20 years, the BUGS program refined its mission and methodology in 2002 to meet the needs of the underserved youth of East Baltimore. BUGS uses the green environment of Living Classrooms Foundation and the inspiration of nature to tap into children’s innate curiosity. Through this type of hands-on, project-based teaching, the BUGS curriculum is able to offer social and academic development in an exciting, fun manner that reaches students who thrive in non-traditional academic settings while complementing in-school learning.

In 2009, The BUGS program was awarded the National William S. White Award from the United States Department of Education and the Mott Foundation as an exemplary 21st Century Community Learning Center. The program also aligns with Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move campaign by focusing on the basics of nutrition in childhood, emphasizing the importance of homegrown food and produce, and by targeting underprivileged youth in an effort to provide healthier choices and lifestyles. The students will also be inviting the First Lady to attend the Farmers Market!

About the Living Classrooms Foundation (
Living Classrooms Foundation is a non-profit organization founded in Baltimore in 1985. The Foundation’s philosophy is based on the concept that students, especially those in need of extra guidance, respond to real-world applications of academics far more readily in small classes with challenging settings than they do in traditional classrooms. Living Classrooms provides innovative experiential educational and job training programs for over 40,000 youth annually.

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