Here is one more story celebrating National Farm to School Month in our communities. Whitney Conley is an Americorps VISTA member working with the Meskwaki Settlement School near Tama, Iowa. She shared this story: “The Meskwaki have a rich tradition of gardening. Here at the Meskwaki Settlement School, this important part of culture is being integrated into the curriculum. This spring, fourth graders planted tomatoes in the greenhouse (which were later moved to the garden). The school built four raised beds in which students planted tomatoes, cucumbers, peas, beans and squash. The veggies were available to students on the salad bar during lunch this summer. During the annual Harvest Meal this November, Meskwaki heirloom squash from the garden will be served. Also this year, there was a class which grew their own herbs to cook with. Recently, younger students have been learning about apples and some even took a field trip to an orchard! Currently, staff is working with an Americorps VISTA member to plan activities for next year. There are lots of exciting opportunities ahead!”
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Did you know?
"If each individual in the region spends 10% of their food dollars on local food, the regional economy gains $83 million per year."
- 2017 Teaching the Next Generation April 13, 2017
- Local Food Fair August 9, 2016
- Farm to School Hits the Road July 12, 2016
- Teaching the Next Generation: The Garden As Your Classroom March 4, 2016
- 2016 Annual Advisory Board Meeting January 29, 2016