Lucas Elementary Farmer Fair

November 18, 2011

Lucas Elementary hosted our third Farmer Fair, an “in-school field trip” that brings farmers and nutrition educators into elementary schools to talk to students about where their food comes from and making healthy food choices.

Lucas students:

  • met live farm animals with Dana Foster, Scattergood School and Farm
  • learned about locally-grown popcorn with Gene Mealhow, K&K Tiny but Mighty Popcorn
  • met produce farmers:
    • Derek Roller, Echollective Farm
    • Mark Quee, Scattergood School and Farm
    • Shelley Squier, Squier Squash and Donnelly Farms
  • built a composting system with Scott Koepke, Soilmates
  • learned about food miles with Kristin Bergman, Taproot Nature Experience
  • sampled local produce prepared by David Burt, chef/co-owner of The Red Avocado
    • Produce purchased from Friendly Farms, Organic Greens, and Grinnell Heritage Farm
  • learned about healthy food choices with:
    • Maureen Meyer, AmeriCorps Member, Johnson County Public Health
    • Lisa Yoder, Johnson County Extension, “Pick a Better Snack” program
    • Cathy Gehris, Dietician, Hy-Vee.

“Lucas is really excited to host the Farmer Fair,” says Julia Burton, principal at Lucas Elementary. “We believe it is important for our students to understand the connections between how food is grown and how it gets to their table. With the declining number of family farms in our country, fewer and fewer students have any experience with farming. The Famer Fair will give students a glimpse into the lives of farmers in our community.”

The Lucas Farmer Fair was made possible by an award from Annie’s “Root for Kids” contest and a donation from the 2011Culinary Ride. Special thanks to Maureen Meyer, and Americorps member with Johnson County Public Health, who helped coordinate the event.