As Farm to School Month draws to a close, we honor schools doing it right! Farm to school is one of the most important movements alive in America today, because it’s about creating a healthy food culture, and without that big does of prevention, our health care system doesn’t stand a chance.
Kids bond with local foods, farms and farmers themselves when growers visit schools and share stories and good things to taste!
Pellston high school students head to Bliss Gardens Farm to cultivate a culture of healthy local food at their school. Highlights: harvesting vegetables planted by their classmates in the spring and baking custom-made protein bars from vegetables.
Last year I served as Groundwork’s FoodCorps AmeriCorps service member at Boyne Falls Public School. This year I returned for another year of service at Boyne Falls, but I’m also working in Pellston Public Schools. Both schools are located in rural northern Michigan, but each have their own unique situation that shapes the goals and focus of my service.
This is Pellston Public Schools’ first year as a FoodCorps service site. New food service director Sherry Sedore, staff and students will benefit from the presence of this AmeriCorps program dedicated to “creating a future in which every school is a healthy school, and every child is well-nourished and ready to learn.”
A Building Healthy Communities grant has helped the Friendship Centers of Emmet County implement a thriving Farm to Senior project which strives to bring delicious, nutritional and environmentally friendly food to more people around the county.