We want to say a special thank you to the PTA for funding all the soil amendments to top off the raised beds and for the new stone raised bed structure that will replace the wooden raised bed that needed repair. We are excited to try a more solid structure for the raised beds that will help us sustain the beds without as much care or repair. (May 2021)
Thank you to Jimmy Cunningham for creating and producing an updated garden lab video. (February 2020) What a wonderful way for us to share this special outdoor learning lab for those who have not been able to visit it. 2020 FDE Garden Lab Video by Jimmy Cunningham
Thank you to Unitarian Universalist Church of Loudoun for their November plate donation to the garden lab. (Winter 2019) The funds will help in reconstructing raised beds that produce food for our students and are served in the cafeteria and increase crop production.
Thank you to Seed Savers Exchange for the seed donation. (Fall 2019) Thank you to Courtney Soria from our PTA Garden Lab Committee for applying for the seed grant.
Thank you to Action for Healthy Kids for the grant money that enabled the new arbors and trellis systems to increase produce production and the new Morning Show stretching and healthy living segments. (Summer 2019/Fall 2019)
Thank you to Virginia Agriculture in the Classroom for the grant money that will enabled us to purchase QR Plant identification signs this school year. (Fall 2018 with installation Spring 2019)
Thank you to the Audubon Naturalist Society for giving our first and second graders the opportunity to do your "Salad Science" program and for providing the garden program for our preschoolers. (Spring 2019)
Thank you to The Leesburg Farmers Market for providing our Kindergarteners the opportunity to become a vendor for the day to sell the seeds we harvested and packaged from our garden lab. We raised $117.02 for our garden lab! What a fun experience and so important to for us to be connected with our local farmers. We are a Farm to School!
Thank you to Michael and Barbara Smilow for donating the shade cloth for our new pergola. Thank you to Pop and Jim Cunningham for installing the shade cloth.
Thank you to Forever Redwood for making our pergola over the main garden lab table a reality! We appreciate your sustainable practices, your personal care in hand making our pergola kit, your substantial financial contribution and for all the time and effort to have the pergola shipped from California to us. It was a pleasure to work closely with your staff!
Be sure to check out "About Forever Redwood" on their web page:
We want to also acknowelge the Frederick Douglass PTA financial support and the grant from the LCPS nutrition department for providing the funding for the balance of the pergola kit.
Finally, a huge thank you to Pop, Set in Stone, Jim Cunningham, and Bobby Cunningham for the installation of the pergola. We appreciate the volunteers who came out to support them: Kevin, Val, and Zack.
Thank you to Jimmy Cunningham and Robert Johnson for the amazing garden lab video production.
We want to thank our amazing FDE Summer Garden Lab volunteers who care for the garden lab by watering and weeding all summer long.
Thank you to the Sivongsa family for donating the new potting bench!
Thank you to The Leesburg Farmers Market for providing our Kindergarteners the opportunity to become a vendor for the day to sell the seeds we harvested and packaged from our garden lab. We raised $232 that will all go back into sustaining this very special garden. The experience was priceless!
Thank you to NVAND for the grant money that will help us build a shade structure over the center lab table this summer. (Spring 2018)
Thank you to Virginia Agriculture in the Classroom for the grant money that will enable us to build frost covers for our raised beds, so we can extend our crops into the winter. (Fall 2017)
Thank you to the Loudoun High School Navy JROTC for volunteering to help prepare for the start of a new school year by sanding and staining the shed and main garden lab table. (Summer 2017)
Thank you to the FDE PTA for supporting the garden and providing all the soil for the raised beds and the wood for the new tiered strawberry bed. Thank you to the Arrington family for donating a double compost tumbler to our composting program.
Thank you to the Loudoun High School Navy JROTC for volunteering to help install our new teired raised bed and trellis, bringing into the courtyard over 50 bags of soil, filling our raised beds with the soil, pruning the lavendar and rosemary, removing the insulation around the fig tree, bagging the straw for future use, and for cleaning up after the projects were completed. Pop, our horticulturalist expert and retired Army officer, was impressed by your hard work, team work, dedication, positive attitude, and commitment to this project despite the freezing weather.
Thank you to the Leesburg Home Depot for their continued support with discounts and free shipping of items for our garden lab.
Thank you to the Leesburg KOHL's volunteers who came to help Kindergarten with packaging the seeds from the garden lab and painting posters for our annual seed sale.
Thank you to Set in Stone for the installation of our new pad for our compost tumblers. We appreciate your time over the weekend!
Thank you to Tractor Supply Co. of Leesburg for donating the cattle fencing needed for the upcoming espalier apple tree trellis.
Thank you to the Walmart Supercenter Store #2038 in Sterling for the grant money that will help us complete a pad for our compost program.
Thank you to Meadow Farms Nurseries for their support with discounts and free delivery for the gravel and trees.
A huge thank you to our FDE Summer and Fall Garden Lab volunteers for taking such wonderful care of the garden lab this summer and fall! The garden lab looks amazing and ready for another school year all thanks to your efforts.
Thank you to Sislers Stone for their donation of four reading boulders and the free delivery of our boulders. Our students are excited about sitting on their new "reading rocks" around the "happy table".
Thank you to Landis Valley Village and Farm Museum in Lancaster, PA for providing us with plants for our garden lab.
Thank you to the volunteers from the Leesburg and Sterling KOHL's stores for helping our Kindergarteners make advertising posters and package sunflower, cotton, and milkweed seeds for our annual seed sale. We packaged over 250 packages of seeds!
FDE Garden Lab Recieves Two Grants for the 2015-2016 School Year
Thank you to the following organizations for supporting our garden lab!
Whole Foods Kids Foundation and
Loudoun Soil and Water Conservation District
Watch our garden grow! We now have funding for our Native plant garden, the blueberry and raspberry plants, a composter, a worm composter, a cold frame, a bird house, and our special reading rocks.
Summer 2015 Volunteers & Corporate Support
Thank you to the following groups, families, individuals, and companies for your support:
- Summer Garden Lab volunteers for care of garden lab: Allder family, Cox family, Foster family, Lamb family, Pake family, and Settipani family
- Volunteers and support for new raised bed project and new gravel pathways: Pop Goodhart, Mark Pankau from Guilford Elementary School, the Taylor family, Jim Cunningham, Home Depot, Meadowfarms, and the construction crew from the FDE Playground installation project.
- Creation and donation of the Black Locust Table and benches: Pop Goodhart
August Work Days 2015 Volunteers & Corporate Support
Thank you to the following groups, families, individuals, and companies for your support in completing the new raised beds, table, bench, pathways and preparing the garden for the new school year:
- Volunteers - Cunningham/Goodhart family, Ehrhardt family, Essiaw family, Holmberg family, Lamb family, Menzenwerth family and Mark Pankau
- Corporate Sponsors - Home Depot and Meadow Farms
- Donations - Martin Stolpe for the donation of the wood and Jack Stern for the tiller
- Black locust Picnic table and bench created by Pop Goodhart
- Raised bed created by Pop and Jim Cunningham