Farm to School

We connect kids to fresh food, sparking healthy eating habits for a lifetime!

At Bell Hill school, students enjoy sampling fresh produce from Starbright Acres Family Farm at their school garden cart during recess.  One day when the bell rang and the cart closed, one little girl said, “Please, can I have just one more tomato?  I have math next, and I won’t make it through my math test if I don’t get a tomato!”

Eating for Change

The Farm to School program provides fresh produce and nutrition education to 96% of K-8 students in Western Nevada County.

Now celebrating its 11th year, the Farm to School program has brought over 86,000 lbs. of organic, local fruits and vegetables to students and families through tastings and school garden carts.

Monthly tastings of seasonal produce through Harvest of the Month (HOM) generously provided for all students by BriarPatch Food Co-op – Get recipes, fun facts, meet farmers and more in the monthly newsletter for each HOM produce.

Cooking lessons with guest chefs – Try out the 2019 recipes, 2018 recipes and the 2017 recipes. Recipe books created by volunteer Amy Halter, of Amy Halter Design.

Field trips to local farms

Farm-fresh produce on school garden carts

Farmer visits to classrooms

Spring plant sales

Support for school garden initiatives

Tasting Days 2019 - cooking tortillas at William's Ranch School
Tasting Days 2019 – cooking tortillas at William’s Ranch School

In a true farm-to-fork experience, students at NCSA went on a field trip to Mountain Bounty Farm and harvested fresh, organic kale for the tasting day at their school.  All grades got to make massaged kale salad with Food Service director Dre Maher.  Inspired teachers integrated kale into their lessons, with Pre-K students drawing kale with their art teacher.  One of the first graders who made the kale salad said:

“Did you know, I don’t actually like salad?  But, I really like this salad.” 

Sponsor a Classroom

We want to purchase Produce from your Farm for the 2021 Harvest of the Month Program!

Sierra Harvest is seeking organic farmers to supply 9,000 tastes of a produce item (fruit or vegetable) to be delivered on Feb. 1st, March 1st, April 5th and/or May 3rd 2021 for western Nevada County students and several community organization members to taste.  Sierra Harvest will pay wholesale pricing.

Read all the details here and apply online below by October 31st, 2020.

Sierra Harvest Request for Produce for Harvest of the Month

Feb. 1, March 1st, April 5th and May 3rd, 2021

2021 Application for farmers to submit what produce they have available for the Harvest of the Month program.
  • Enter farm address if different from mailing address
  • Please list what produce items you want us to consider for a February 1st delivery. You may submit a proposal for amounts anywhere between 3,000 and 9,000 tastes for each produce item. Please include the following information: Description of the produce, number of items/taste, how many tastes you think you can provide, price/taste or pound and total for your full order offer. And please also list if you can offer 2 kinds of the same produce in a different color/shape for our anti-racism educational program.
  • Please list what produce items you want us to consider for a March 1st delivery. You may submit a proposal for amounts anywhere between 3,000 and 9,000 tastes for each produce item. Please include the following information: Description of the produce, number of items/taste, how many tastes you think you can provide, price/taste or pound and total for your full order offer. And please also list if you can offer 2 kinds of the same produce in a different color/shape for our anti-racism educational program.
  • Please list what produce items you want us to consider for a April 5th delivery. You may submit a proposal for amounts anywhere between 3,000 and 9,000 tastes for each produce item. Please include the following information: Description of the produce, number of items/taste, how many tastes you think you can provide, price/taste or pound and total for your full order offer. And please also list if you can offer 2 kinds of the same produce in a different color/shape for our anti-racism educational program.
  • Please list what produce items you want us to consider for a May 3rd delivery. You may submit a proposal for amounts anywhere between 3,000 and 9,000 tastes for each produce item. Please include the following information: Description of the produce, number of items/taste, how many tastes you think you can provide, price/taste or pound and total for your full order offer. And please also list if you can offer 2 kinds of the same produce in a different color/shape for our anti-racism educational program.