Food from the Farm: Kindergarten to High School

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Summary handout given out by poster presenter Annette Triplett from University of Missouri Extension highlighting the Missouri's farm-to-school program.

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Food from the Farm: Kindergarten to High School

  1. 1. Food from the Farm is a farm to school program that connects kindergarten students and their families to local farms to 1) encourage eating local fruits and vegetables, and 2) teach students where their food comes from. Program components include: Healthy eating and agriculture lessons and activities taught in the classroom by kindergarten teachers. We ask the teachers to teach from these lessons approximately 2 hours/week. Farm trips to local farms 2x/year, to show the students how food grows on a farm. Local fruit and vegetable tastings in the classroom 2x/week. The food is grown on the farm that the students visit on the farm trips. Parent activities such as educational sessions on shopping tips for affording fruits and vegetables, cooking activities, and opportunities to purchase fruits and vegetables from the farm. University of Missouri Extension received funding to pilot the program in Kansas City area schools beginning in the 2008-2009 school year. Preliminary evaluation data from the first year of the pilot indicate that, as a result of the program, students: are more willing to try a variety of fruits and vegetables, like eating fruits and vegetables, eat fruits and vegetables more often at school, and are less likely to ask their parents for unhealthy foods. Annette Triplett, State Coordinator TriplettAn@Missouri.edu | 573.882.2428

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