This month is National Farm to School Month, a trend being introduced and emphasized more often within education. The importance and interest for students to understand where their food comes from, how it is grown, and what is included in it has become a bigger focus when it comes to health and being a positive global citizen. Focusing on Farm to School brings a wealth of topics that span across many departments and fields of study. This is especially helpful when you have the students engage with the learning, growing, chopping, and eating the foods. Discussions like this can bring about a great amount of learning, especially within STEM programs.
A Wealth of Opportunities
Experiences can range from understanding how plants grow and plant science to looking at ways to better engineer growing processes and harvesting timelines. You can also teach math concepts through understanding the growing season of plants, the cost of growing different food, and the technology needed to grow such products. At Realityworks, we have stepped alongside this focus on Farm to School and created two different hydroponics units to help make Farm to School a reality for many schools. We have created the Plant Producer educational hydroponics system and the Plant Lab educational hydroponics system that equip classrooms with the ability to grow their own produce.
One Class, Multiple Disciplines
This concept has become a big hit for Jennifer Hebert, Family and Consumer Science teacher at Beau Chene High School in Arnaudville, LA. Her students have made growing produce a vital part of their culinary and foods programs. They recently did a “Salad and Smoothies” day, allowing students to eat the “greens” of their labor. From growing the lettuce, harvesting, and eating it, they are learning multiple disciplines in one class and learning healthy habits as well.
It is through these types of efforts that we are seeing new ways to engage students and help them think differently about their food, where it comes from, and why it is important to be informed. This is at the heart of why the Farm to School movement is so important. Keep up the good work on bringing our food closer to the classroom.