For Farm to School, the fall is a time of transition. Students are back in the classroom preparing for a semester of growing minds and farmers are back in the fields preparing for a season of growing food. We here at Sustainable Food Center know that access to fresh, healthy food is imperative for learning and bridging the gap between local farms, school cafeterias, and student participation through our Farm to School programs.
Over the last school year, our Veggie Sampling program supplied roughly 450 pounds of fresh, local, and unique vegetables to AISD elementary students. Believe it or not, many students eagerly tried veggies such as Hakurei turnips, watermelon radishes, and rainbow carrots. Plenty of students requested second samples, and a few even wanted to take a sample home to share with their families. By the end of the ’16-’17 school year, we introduced approximately 8,820 students across 33 AISD schools with these farm fresh veggie samples! Check out the infographic below for a visual.