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The Daily Ardmoreite
  • Farm to School Month celebrates healthy lunches in state schools

  • If you know what’s good for you, you’ll eat your vegetables. That’s the message Oklahoma farmers are sharing with students all over the state through the Farm to School Program. This nationally-recognized effort aims to get healthy Oklahoma-grown food on the cafeteria trays of school children. Farmers sell t...
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  • If you know what’s good for you, you’ll eat your vegetables. That’s the message Oklahoma farmers are sharing with students all over the state through the Farm to School Program. This nationally-recognized effort aims to get healthy Oklahoma-grown food on the cafeteria trays of school children. Farmers sell their watermelons, squash, sweet potatoes and other produce directly to various school districts across the state with the help of staff from the Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry.


    In addition to the benefits of eating fresh, locally-grown food, students often get a chance to meet the farmer. Some schools even plant their own gardens and host events to increase nutritional knowledge and let students taste vegetables that may be new to them, like grilled asparagus.


    For more information about National Farm to School Month, visit www.farmtoschoolmonth.org.


    Resources for schools and parents are available online at www.okfarmtoschool.com. The new Farm to School cookbook features recipes in quantities that will feed a school cafeteria full of kids. Many of them have also been adapted to family-size quantities. Recipe preparation training was provided to school nutrition directors and cafeteria workers across the state prior to launching the new cookbook.


    For children, parents and teachers, there are five 22-minute Kidchen Expedition videos featuring local students and Chef Jeff exploring how fruits and vegetables grow on Oklahoma farms. Back in the kitchen, they prepare simple recipes, learn nutritional benefits and do fun food experiments.  For more information about the Farm to School program, contact Chris Kirby at (405) 522-2106.

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