Explore Ecology School Gardens Are Blossoming – Happy National Farm to School Month!
It’s National Farm to School Month! Join Explore Ecology in celebrating the connection between children and local farming, gardening, and healthy food.
Started in 2010, Farm to School Month is celebrated in all 50 US states, with over 23 million students participating in farm to school activities annually.
In Santa Barbara County, Explore Ecology celebrates the Farm to School Movement every school day, by teaching over 10,000 children a year how to grow organic produce. Our Garden Educators work in 38 school gardens where students get to try new vegetable and fruits and learn about nutrition, composting, and soil health. The gardens also function as beautiful outdoor classrooms where subjects like Math, Science, and Art are taught. In many schools, garden-grown produce ends up in cafeterias as part of healthy school meals.
How can you celebrate Farm to School Month? Visit your Farmers’ Market and try a new food that you can share with family and friends, pledge to incorporate more local, seasonal produce in your diet, or volunteer at your local school’s garden by contacting Alex (at) ExploreEcology.org.
Happy Farm to School Month from Explore Ecology!