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You can also start a Farm to School Program at your child's school on your own -- with the help of the school, community and student families. It's an amazing program that when implemented correctly can have a huge impact on the school, environment, and community. All the while teaching children the importance of properly caring for the environment, eating healthy whole foods, and learning to be an eco-conscious adult.
#1: Farm to School Committee
The first step to implementing a farm to school program in your school is to form a committee of parents, students, school staff members and community volunteers to run the program. This type of program will need a large support system to run successfully – so the more individuals that you can get involved in the process, the better. The committee could have monthly meetings to organize, implement and ensure that the program is running smoothly.
#2: Gardening Program
If your child’s school doesn’t already have a gardening program, this would be the perfect opportunity to start one. Gardening is great for children on so many levels; it teaches responsibility, healthy eating habits, and is great for teaching science, botany, nutrition and even math in a fun, engaging environment. Each of the school’s grades could focus on a particular vegetable or fruit to grow, or different grades could take care of different parts of the program. For example, the older children could care for egg-laying chickens while younger children could focus on weeding and watering the garden.
#3: Cooking Program
Another great program to introduce to your child’s school is a cooking program. The cooking program can be integrated with the gardening program to allow the children to plant, grow, harvest and then prepare, cook and enjoy the bounty from the garden. Again, cooking is an amazing program for any school to have. It gives children real life experience learning a skill that they will utilize their entire lives. There are also opportunities to teach other skills during the cooking process including math, nutrition and social skills.
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