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Royal visit includes trip to Food Literacy Project at Oxmoor Farm

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- From London to Louisville -- the Royal family will visit the Bluegrass in just two days.

Prince Charles and Camilla toured the U.S. Capital on Wednesday. A handful of American dignitaries ushered the two around Washington's monuments and memorials on the National Mall.

The British royal couple also toured the Martin Luther King Jr. memorial and the National Archives before their expected arrival into Louisville on Friday.

Camilla Windsor, the Duchess of Cornwall, will be making a stop focusing on food at the farm.

"Well, we were delighted," said Carol Gundersen, Executive Director of the Food Literacy Project at Oxmoor Farm.

The British Embassy chose the location for a quick visit by Her Royal Highness Friday afternoon.

"We're really honored to have this recognition," said Gundersen.

The mission at Oxmoor is simple: inspire new generations to build relationships with healthy food, farming and the land.

"And we do that by inviting children and families to this farm to explore in our 8-acre outdoor classroom," said Gundersen.

It's a classroom right alongside a commercial farm that teaches kids about planting, growing and harvesting.

"We found that those kinds of hands on experiences really can be powerful motivators for children to seek out fresh and healthy food," said Gundersen.

That initiative is shared by the Duchess of Cornwall. A British Embassy Spokesperson says this location was picked because of what's being done here to educate young people.

In the UK, Her Royal Highness is committed to encouraging people and their children to grow their own food and eat properly.

"She will be touring our outdoor classroom here at Oxmoor farm and learning more about what we call our Field to Fork program which serves between 2,000 to 3,000 families a year," said Gundersen.

Camilla's itinerary Friday afternoon is a secret, and because of security concerns we're not being told how long she'll be at the farm. But the staff says it's ready no matter how long the visit lasts.

"We have been working with the embassy to be able to appropriately greet Her Royal Highness and looking forward to doing it," said Gundersen.

Oxmoor Farm is just one of several locations Her Royal Highness will be visiting on Friday.

As for the farm itself, it's a non-profit agency, so if you'd like to donate to keep the operations up and running click here.


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