Hey, Baltimore Schools! Here’s a really (cool) opportunity you don’t want to miss: BrightFarms and Giant Food are partnering to provide schools in the Baltimore area with an in-classroom virtual reality learning experience to celebrate Earth Day!

What will the learning experience include? A greenhouse tour viewable through provided VR goggles, an interactive presentation on creating a sustainable food system and a segment, led by the credentials nutritionists at Giant Food, on keeping the Earth and ourselves happy through healthy nourishment. The events will finish off with a sustainable salad bar where students will be able to choose from a variety of vegetables and toppings. All events will take place during the week of April 16 – 20.

“Our mission is to bring fresh, local, sustainably grown produce to everyone and advocate for a healthier planet,” said Nate Gurevitz, BrightFarms greenhouse manager. “Part of that is educating our next generation of not just eaters, but growers, engineers and food scientists along the way! VR can amplify lessons that are already being shared in classrooms and is a powerful tool to engage students in a new way.”

BrightFarms grows salad greens and herbs sustainably in a hydroponic greenhouse in Culpeper, VA to meet the growing demand for year-round local produce. The greenhouse facility uses 80 percent less water, 90 percent less land and 95 percent less shipping fuel than conventional produce. Its products are sold exclusively at 166 Giant Food supermarkets in the DC-Baltimore market and arrive at stores within 24 hours of harvest.

“We are committed to building healthy communities, which goes beyond healthy eating. It also means supporting education, improving the lives of children and continually giving back to our neighbors. Together with our partner BrightFarms, we are proud to bring this program to our communities and regularly provide them with fresh, local produce year-round,” said Al Rivero, Director of Produce and Floral at Giant Food.

To be considered, schools should apply here by Monday, April 2:School partners will be notified individually and announced via BrightFarms Facebook by Friday, April 6.

Schools that apply but are not selected for the experience will be sent a kit that includes VR goggles and instructions to access the greenhouse tour video so that STEM teachers may administer the experience. The experience is designed for grade 5 and above and will be customized to the grade level and age group of the selected schools.

Note, schools that serve low-income families and can accommodate the space and time required for the virtual experience will be given priority, however, all schools are encouraged to apply.

For questions, schools may email: [email protected].


This article was compiled from a press release.