Another school year has begun, and with it, another year of farm to school! Now in its 10th year, the program has grown from humble beginnings working on a school garden at Hennessey Elementary to serving 96% of the K-8 population in Western Nevada County with a whole range of programming! As this year gets under way, liaisons from 21 schools are getting everything together to make this the best year yet.Keep your eyes peeled for garden carts brimming with local produce, with new A frame chalkboard signs letting you know what’s fresh today in farm to school. Or perhaps you’re signing a permission slip to send your child on a farm field trip to harvest seasonal foods, meet animals and learn about where our food comes from and the people who grow it! Don’t be surprised if your child asks for Asian Pears since they were part of the first Harvest of the Month tasting.
Fall is the prime time for farm to school- with a bounty of local food to sample it’s the tastiest time of year! So, even though the temps don’t quite feel like fall yet (come on cool breezes!) the abundance of this time of year is here and our students are benefiting. Stay tuned in the coming weeks to see how this year unfolds. Farmers, guest chefs, field trips, garden carts, school lunch- there are so many tasty ways to bring the farm to school!