October is National Farm to School Month, a time to celebrate connections happening all over the country between schools and local food! So BEC is shouting out to all students, parents, grandparents, teachers, aunts, uncles, godparents, and friends!!! We need you. We need you now! Spread the awareness about eating local and buying local. You can have an event in your school THIS YEAR! It’s not too late.
There are plenty of ways to celebrate National Farm to School Month! In our town of Lynchburg, Virginia we celebrate at my kid’s school, James River Day School! The children look forward to this week every year. Why? We make it fun. We are getting apples donated from Three Springs Farm (and local honey too thanks to Kenneth my fav farmer) and Silver Creek Orchard to do a honey and apple tasting. We are having pumpkins picked from a local farm and the kids get to take guesses at how much the pumpkin weighs and huge pumpkins are given out for prizes! Auburn Lea Farms is bringing in fresh cream in a mason jar and all the lunch tables will participate in shaking their jar and watch the cream turn into butter right before their eyes! Then, the big event every year is bringing the Farmers Market to OUR SCHOOL! Yes, we have every kind of produce you can ever imagine, fresh-baked breads, homemade jams made from organic local berries, fresh wild flowers grown only 2 miles away from the school, the best goat cheese I have ever tasted, local apple cider and tons more! All the kids come with a few dollars and they get to meet, hang out with, and buy from our local farmers. The whole family is invited and we usually feed over 400 people.
Farm to school is reaching millions of students in all 50 states and Washington, D.C. In addition to improving child health, when schools buy local, they create new markets for local and regional farmers and contribute to vibrant communities, a win-win-win scenario!
Whether you are a food service professional, a farmer, a teacher or a food-loving family, there are plenty of ways to celebrate National Farm to School Month! Learn more about National Farm to School Month, farm to school projects in your community, and how you can get involved by visiting the National Farm to School Network’s website, Farmtoschool.org.
Have a happy day,