Across the nation there are over 40,000 schools with farm-to-school programs bringing more fresh, healthy, and locally produced foods into their cafeterias, including approximately 1200 schools in Washington state and all of the public schools in Whatcom County!

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Healthy eating has a profound impact on a child’s ability to learn, and creates positive attitudes and behaviors. So what makes a meal healthy and …

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There is growing interest in connecting fresh and local foods with school lunch programs.  With childhood obesity, diabetes, and other nutrition-related diseases on the rise, …

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Cafeteria as Classroom

cafeteria-as-classroomTaste tests in the cafeteria on Harvest of the Month days are one strategy farm-to-school programs use to get students thinking about where food comes from, how it tastes, and making healthy choices. Many thanks to the dedicated volunteers who help distribute taste tests and encourage kids to give the harvest item a try!

We have developed two handouts with tips for Farm-to-School Champions who want to get involved in offering taste tests and supporting districts’ efforts to provide food education and offer more fresh and local food in school meals:

For further reading and tools for conducting taste tests, the Collective School Garden Network has compiled a great list of resources including A Guide to Taste Testing Local Food in Schools by Vermont FEED.

 

 

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