The legacy of Mama Ida Pappert, the founder of Friends, and her love for the Market continues today with a teaching garden that bears her name.

The current incarnation of the garden was funded by the American Heart Association and the Entertainment Industry Foundation. Both have generously supported the Garden and helped create a place where people from our community – young, old and in between – can learn about nutrition, math, science, composting and, of course, gardening.

Operation of the Garden is the responsibility of Dallas Farmers Market Friends and volunteers like you. "Farmer Kim" Aman, a DFMF board member, who was recognized as a 2013 WFAA Eco-Educator, worked with the American Heart Association to develop the educational curriculum. As the Dallas Farmers Market Field Trip Instructor, Farmer Kim plays host to students of local schools and teaches them about nutrition, the "seed to table process," and the many benefits of supporting our local agriculture. 

If you are interested in a field trip for your class, or a tour of the community garden, please click here:  Dallas Farmers Market Field Trip Info

Or, just come learn about more local gardening and cooking with fresh ingredients and meet the Dallas Farmers Market Friends at their booth during their monthly sessions from 10am till noon Saturdays: 

    • 1st Saturday - Texas Agrilife Cooking Lessons
    • 2nd Saturday - Dallas County Master Naturalist in the Garden
    • 3rd Saturday - Farmer Kim in the Garden
    • 4th Saturday - Dallas County Master Gardeners in the Garden

EPILOGUE:  All of this community sharing and caring would not have been possible without the volunteerism of a remarkable woman. A true matriarch of the city of Dallas, "Mama Ida," a nickname she got as the chairperson of the 3,000 volunteers working at the World Cup '94, lives on through the dedication and hard work of the Dallas Farmers Market Friends and many more endeavors around town. A street at the DFM has been dedicated to her memory—Ida Papert Way. Having passed away in January of 2011, she is remembered as a modest woman, never taking credit for the contributions she made to attract shoppers and support farmers. Her efforts to grow and sustain the DFM will always be appreciated. 

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