New GROWING LUNCH program is Growing Strong
Elementary students are busy harvesting and delivering fresh tomatoes and melons from their school gardens to their cafeterias. The Growing Lunch pilot program is designed to empower K-6 students to learn how to grow, harvest and eat healthy fresh produce at school, while sustaining edible gardens at their school sites. This fall students will plant carrots, lettuces and snap peas to be harvested and served in their cafeterias from December through April.
Generous grants from Yocha Dehe Community Fund and the Glory, Glory Sacramento Fund, with corporate sponsorship from Bayer Crop Science and funds raised during YF2F’s Park Winters Gala will support the pilot program for this year, at no cost to the schools. Grant funding will cover the cost of the year-long pilot including all garden materials, stipends for garden interns and volunteers, project coordination and evaluation, plus publication of a guide for future participating schools in planting, growing, and harvesting protocols to ensure that healthy garden produce is served in the cafeteria.
Thank you for the continued support of our new program – GROWING LUNCH!
We are excited to announce that our annual Farm Visit Tours for elementary schools will be taking place from October through November 2016. Our 2016 Farm Visits are made possible by the generous contributions from individuals and businesses during the Big Day of Giving 2016, Dos Coyotes’ 25th Anniversary Celebration, and Whole Foods Market. To sponsor a class or to inquire about the application please email Anya.Burdick@
Coming to a restaurant near you October 2016.
Eat good food while raising money for a good cause. Join us in celebrating Yolo County’s harvest and National Farm to School Month. The Dig In Yolo! campaign brings together sponsors and restaurants to raise awareness on how food choices lead to a vibrant healthy community.
Yolo Farm to Fork is a nonprofit organization supporting edible school gardens and providing garden-centered and farm-based education to students. We are dedicated to bringing locally grown farm-fresh food to school meals and to reducing waste through recycling and composting. Our programs provide the real-life resources for kids to improve nutrition habits, fight obesity and integrate garden learning with classroom instruction while sustaining edible school gardens.
Help us keep them growing healthy eating habits!
- Sept. 2 – Labor Day Weekend Kick-off! @ Heringer Estates Winery
- Sept. 10 & 17 – Teacher Grape Day with Woodland Community College
- Sept. 17 – Sacramento Republic Soccer Game – Yolo Farm to Fork Night
- Sept. 18 – Woodland Dinner on Main
- Sept. 22 – 1st Annual Food Tank Summit in Sacramento
- Sept. 22-24 – California Agriculture in the Classroom Conference