Across the nation there are over 2300 “farm-to-school” programs that are bringing more fresh, healthy, and locally produced foods into school cafeterias, reinvigorating local and …

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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.

 

Summertime Fun & Fresh Food!

How:
  • Summer Camps: Sign your children up for summer programs to do gardening and cooking with Common Threads Farm.
  • In the Garden: Involve kids in planting and harvesting in your own home garden or community garden plot. Looking for tips in growing your own garden? Check out the Bellingham Food Bank’s growing guide, and plant an extra row for your local food bank!
  • At the Grocery Store: Look for locally grown fruits and vegetables in abundance! Whatcom County freshness and flavor will be at its peak!
  • At the Farmers Market: Bring your children to the farmers markets in BellinghamFairhavenFerndaleLynden, 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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