Now that you’ve got a school garden or have purchased locally grown vegetables from a farmer, how do you prepare them so that students get to experience new and different ways to eat local foods?
Food and agriculture lessons are excellent ways to expose students to all different kinds of fruits and vegetables, but determining how to prepare the foods can be time consuming.
Luckily, there are plenty of community partners, and lesson and recipe resources out there to assist with creative ways to cook and serve fruits and vegetables!
Cooking Matters is a hands-on food skills education program that empowers families with the skills they need to cook and shop healthy on a budget.
Programming options include: 6-session cooking and nutrition classes, 1-time grocery store tours, virtual programming options for parents, and a universal lesson plan for teachers.
Apple Seeds Teaching Farm in Northwest Arkansas has produced many recipes and guided videos for students using fresh fruits and vegetables grown on their farm in Fayetteville. Apple Seeds’ YouTube channel also hosts a playlist of videos with cooking demonstrations, recipes, and knife safety for children.
The Curriculum Center for Family and Consumer Sciences at Texas Tech University has developed a Farm to Table curriculum that exposes students to different aspects of farm to table practices and allows them to learn healthy and sustainable eating habits. The Farm to Table curriculum focuses on six major areas: farmers markets as an entrepreneurial endeavor, ocean to table practices, sugar and honey production, gardening to produce food for culinary arts experiences, food science and sustainability, and proteins and dairy production.