October is Farm to School Month
“Farm to school” is a national movement to connect children from early care to higher education to healthy, local food in the cafeteria and classroom through educational opportunities such as school gardens, classroom food activities, and farm field trips.
A broad array of activities encompass farm to school, like planting seeds, using garden-based learning for curriculum lessons, visiting a local farm, and taste testing local food in the cafeteria. These activities have been shown to not only increase student’s acceptance and preference for fruits and vegetables, but also to increase academic achievement and improve student behavior.
Each year, Georgia Organics selects a vegetable to celebrate October Farm to School Month and encourage kids across Georgia to try new things and make healthy choices. This year, we’re celebrating beans, peas, peanuts, and more with “Make Room for Legumes.”
Sign up for an online toolkit with legume-themed activities, standards-based lessons, recipes, and more. Use this handy guide from the Food Research and Action Center to coordinate an effective visit with your legislator during the legislative break in October. Join the Georgia School Garden Network to continue celebrating school gardens all year long.
Georgia Organics will have weekly social media contests with prizes throughout October, so make sure to use #MakeRoomforLegumes to showcase all of your activities.
Making plans to Make Room for Legumes in your school or community during October? Contact Georgia Organics to highlight your activities on social media.
For more information on farm to school in Georgia, visit https://georgiaorganics.org/for-schools/makeroomforlegumes.