Local farmer brings green eggs (but no ham)

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Farmer Chris Guerre shows pale green and brown eggs to Belvedere students. 

Belvedere students enrolled in the “We Eat What We Grow” class had a surprise visitor this week: local farmer Chris Guerre. Mr. Guerre and his wife, Sara, grow and harvest chemical-free, organic-equivalent produce throughout the year on one of the very few working farms remaining in Fairfax County. They sell their produce at their own local-foods grocery store, the Maple Avenue Market in Vienna; at area farmers markets, and directly to Arlington Public Schools.

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Students check out the cucumbers donated by Mr. Guerre.

In addition to sharing eggs with the students, Mr. Guerre talked about life on the 40-acre historic farm, where they raise and keep about 150 chickens. The Guerres have about 2 acres in cultivation on the farm and another 1.5 at a site down the road. The farm has been in almost-continual agricultural production since the 18th century.

Mr. Guerre also gave us Eureka cucumber transplants to put in our raised beds. Eurekas are pickling cukes; if we get any before the end of the school year, Mr. Guerre will come back to teach us how to make pickles out of them. Guess what we’re doing tomorrow?

We’d like to thank the Northern Virginia Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics for the generous grant that funded Mr. Guerre’s visit.

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