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.
To celebrate October as National Farm to School Month, Tulsa Public Schools and Union School District will host Farm to School events in Oct. and will serve locally-grown vegetables in all cafeterias. Activities planned include learning how food is produced, tasting watermelon salsa and grilled squash, making plant pots out of newspaper and taking a lettuce or broccoli seedling home to grow.