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Connecting Farm to School and Career and Technical Education

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Students prep locally grown potatoes at Orcas Island

Since it's inception in 2008, the WSDA Farm to School Program has worked with many programs within the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction, including the Career and Technical Education Program to introduce and integrate Farm to School.

Farm to School is an ideal match with these richly interactive educational programs. With focus areas including Agriculture, Food & Natural Resources, Hospitality & Tourism, Health Science, Business Management & Administration and Manufacturing, there are numerous ways Farm to School activites can foster skill development for students.

Students can:

  • Create and develop recipes for school meals using local food products.
  • Work with local growers to produce a value-added food product that meets school food nutritional guidelines.
  • Learn about their school food service program and help create a marketing and public health campaign around fresh, Washington grown fruits and vegetables in their school.
  • Conduct consumer surveys to see if offering taste-tests of new fruit and vegetable items increases consumption of new products.
  • Host taste tests and work with their school food service director to create marketing campaigns around school food.
  • Visit local food processing center to learn about manufacturing food products.

Here are some programs we've been connecting with:

 Also, check out this map of school gardens throughout Washington, made by students in collaboration with the Environmental and Sustainability Program.

Last Updated: 12/3/2018