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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Summertime Fun & Fresh Food!

What: Encourage kids to eat locally and get them involved this season!

Why: Connecting children with local food supports lifelong healthy eating habits as well as our local farmers and producers. 

At School: The Harvest of the Month feature this June is dairy products. Check your school lunch menu and encourage your kids to try the lunch on Harvest of the Month day!

After School: Sign your children up for after-school and summer programs for kids to do gardening and cooking with Common Threads Farm, and/or involve kids in planting and harvesting in your own home garden or community garden plot.

At the Grocery Store: Look for locally produced milk, cheese, and ice cream when you are at the store – Fresh Breeze Organic Dairy, Edaleen, Twin Brook Creamery, and Appel Farms are just a few local dairies you will find.

At the Farmers Market: Bring your children to the farmers markets in Bellingham, Fairhaven, Ferndale, Lynden, and Blaine, for food, crafts, and fun. 

At the Farm: Spend a deliciously fun hour or two at a U-pick farm harvesting (and tasting!) fruits & veggies. For a list of farms that offer U-pick, check your copy of the Whatcom Food & Farm Finder.

At Home: Get the kids cooking with all of the local foods you pick and purchase. The kitchen makes a wonderful classroom to learn about nutrition and the importance of eating locally!


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Thank you to everyone who participated in the
Whatcom County School Lunch Hero celebrations!

Click here to see all of the Whatcom 2015 School Lunch Heroes

Ferndale district staff and students honor their School Lunch Hero, Kelly Triplet