If your kids go to school, would you prefer to have them eat pizza and tater tots for lunch every day or a meal made from freshly picked farm produce? Well, that’s a no-brainer question! The good news is that there is a movement called Farm to School sprouting up through the nation that is trying to change what schools serve kids on their lunch trays. I know a lot of kids resist eating fresh fruits and vegetables (yes, I have one of those!) but if that’s what they have in front of them, they’ll start eating it, get a taste for it, and hopefully, choose fresh foods over junk food. And taking it one step further, some of the schools are planting their own gardens–kids get to find carrots hiding in the rich soil, pick beans from their curly vines, and taste the goodness of garden fresh foods. I can’t think of a better learning opportunity than discovering that these foods are not just to be found packaged in a grocery store–they can grow them in their own back yards!
On Tuesday Nov. 8th, at the monthly InFARMation (and Beer!) meeting, there will be a panel discussing the Farm to School program as well as a talk by Cathy McQueeny on a fantastic new program she’s overseeing: Bringing the Farm to School Curriculum.