Across the country, an increasing number of districts have begun to source more foods locally and to provide complementary educational activities to students that emphasize food, farming, and nutrition. This nationwide movement to enrich children’s bodies and minds while supporting local economies is referred to as “farm to school.” The term encompasses efforts that bring regionally produced foods into school cafeterias, hands-on learning activities, and the integration of food-related education into the standards-based classroom curriculum. In DC, Farm to School efforts fall under the Healthy Schools Act of 2010.
For the last six years, schools across the District have participated in Strawberries & Salad Greens Day as a way to showcase locally grown produce in school meals. This event will educate students about both the health and environmental benefits of eating locally grown fruits and vegetables, and how healthy eating leads to healthy educational outcomes.
All Public, Public Charter, and Private schools have the opportunity to participate in the event by serving local strawberries and local salad greens during the lunch meal service on June 7, 2017. Schools can also sign up to host an “education station” table for students to visit in and around the cafeteria to identify where their food comes from.
This packet contains resources, including classroom activities, that teachers may use throughout the week leading up to “Strawberries & Salad Greens Day.” There are also challenge questions, activities, and talking points for teachers and volunteers to use both in the classroom and in the cafeteria to teach students about locally grown produce and specifically about strawberries and the different types of salad greens that are offered during lunch.
We hope the contents of this packet will help your school participate in a wonderful event meant to engage your students in an experiential form of learning in the cafeteria and beyond! We would love to see your students and teachers in action on Strawberries & Salad Greens day, so please remember to take pictures. If your school uses social media, feel free to use the special hashtag #berriesandgreens when posting!
Have any questions regarding this event? Contact OSSE’s Farm to School Specialist, Erica Walther, at [email protected] or (202) 262-0893 for more information.
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