Kids’ Day at the Iowa City Farmers Market
To celebrate ICCSD school gardens, ICCSD Farm to School hosts an ICCSD School Garden Produce Stand during Kids’ Day at the Iowa City Farmers Market every year.
In 2012, students from five schools harvested food from their school garden, set up the booth and marketed their produce, and ran the booth all morning. This event turned out to be a great peer leadership opportunity as West High students guided students from Northwest Junior High on marketing and selling the produce. Students from Shimek, Lemme, and Mann Elementary also participated. Produce, baked goods, and jewelry were donated from those five schools plus Kirkwood Elementary.
A photo tour of all the ICCSD school gardens was on display, along with student artwork and writing projects that have been inspired by the gardens. This event was presented as part of the Field to Family Festival. Farm to School raised $206 from the sale! The 2013 and 2014 produce stands were also very successful with several school gardens and gardeners participating.
SAVE THE DATE for 2015 Kid’s Day: September 19, 2015