Farm to School, commonly referred to as F2S, is a program that helps children learn where their food comes from, how it is grown, and offers hands-on experiences with it, in turn making them more likely to accept new foods into their diet. Farm to School utilizes strategies that are designed to motivate and empower students to make healthy choices.
Local Harvest Program (district-wide)- showcases a different locally grown produce
on the school menu each month
Chefs Move to Schools Program (district-wide) - chefs adopt a
school to work with; our school has been adopted by Chef Brian Molino of Mazzone Hospitality Group
NY Farm to You Fest (district-wide) - a weeklong celebration of local food and agriculture (Oct. 2-7, 2011)
Good Eats, The F2S Healthy Snack Program (K-3rd Grade) - a hands-on exploration of local food
NYAIC Ag Literacy Week (2nd Grade) - In celebration of National Agriculture Week (March 18th-22nd), volunteers throughout New York State will read a book with an agricultural theme to second graders. Students and teachers will also benefit from hands-on lessons and receive follow up activities.
Squash Hunger Program (2nd/3rd Grade) - work with local farmer, Richard Ball, to learn about farming, squash and giving back to the community
Farm to School Initiative goals include:
Continued integration of Blackbird Paradise as an outdoor classroom
An increase in the number and types of fresh, local foods served in the school
Discussions with teachers and school administrators to work toward an integrated curriculum focusing on nutrition, science, biology, math, social sciences and local community resources
Continuing and enhancing farm field trips and farm education that explores local economies, biological systems, local environmental issues and the holistic connection that links food, health and the environment
Hands on food preparation and taste-tests featuring fresh, local foods