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Duchess of Cornwall plants vegetables, discusses Food Literacy Project at Oxmoor Farm

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- The Duchess of Cornwall rolled up her sleeves and got her hands in the dirt to learn about the Food Literacy Project at Oxmoor Farm. She got started by planting with students and cooking with them in an outdoor kitchen.

Camilla Windsor, The Duchess of Cornwall, stepped right out of her SUV and onto Oxmoor Farm.

She spoke with about 15 Wellington Elementary students about their favorite vegetables before helping them plant rhubarb and exploring their outdoor classroom.

As executive director of the Food Literacy Project, Carol Gunderson says their objective is to promote a healthier food system, healthier community and an increased respect for the land.

"Observe their field to fork experience - harvesting from the garden making whole grain pizza dough and cooking together in our outdoor kitchen," Gunderson told WDRB News.

The Duchess and the students harvested vegetables for their "farm scratch pizzas," which were cooked in a fire brick oven.

We were very fortunate and honored to host her royal highness here," Gunderson said. "Her royal highness really shares the values of this organization. She's committed to these kinds of issues back in the UK."

Speaking to the owner of Harvest Restaurant, which gets much of it's produce from the farm, the Duchess talked to him about sustainability.

"We serve 80 percent of what we do from 100 miles - so we're living that at the restaurant and on the farm," Ivor Chodkowski said.

Those involved with the Food Literacy Project say the international recognition of their eight acre vegetable farm will hopefully bring in more support.

"We presently have more demand for our field to fork program than we have resources to meet that demand," Gunderson said.

After leaving the farm, the Duchess made a trip to Churchill Downs, where she met with hall of fame jockeys.

She also spent time with Brooke representatives -- an organization dedicated to improving the lives of working horses and donkeys in the poorest countries.

Her royal highness has seen their work first hand in Pakistan, Jordan, and Egypt.

Both organizations hope this international exposure will increase awareness to their causes.

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