Sierra Harvest Programs for Children
Since 2007, Sierra Harvest has been working towards improving access to fresh, local food among Nevada County children. Here’s how we are making positive changes in our children’s eating habits:
Farm to School
In our Farm To School Program, children plant, nurture, harvest,share, and enjoy fresh local food through a variety of educational experiences, including: Harvest of the Month tastings to 6,700 students; weekly produce stands featuring produce from partner farms; classroom visits by farmers and chefs; and field trips to partner farms. Read more about Sierra Harvest’s Farm to School program, or watch a short video and see first hand how we work with children.
Sierra Harvest’s School Food Program assists school food service directors with procuring local and regional foods and offers financial assistance to purchase salad bar equipment for their campuses. With our support, local food purchases have increased from less than 1% to 10% in some of our schools; school food providers have launched California Thursdays; and food service staff have received special culinary training in making scratch-cooked meals with local ingredients. Read more about our School Food Program.
Educational Farms & Gardens
The Food Love Project, founded in 2010, is our primary educational farm that inspires a love of good food through field trips, summer camps, community service days, and U-pick vegetables. The Food Love Project hosts over 2,000 visits a year, education kids about the delights of growing (and eating!) fresh food. Sierra Harvest is also working with Yuba River Charter School to create an Integrated Farm School Program designed to meet both Waldorf and state educational standards. The Read more about Sierra Harvest’s Educational Farms.