In the fight against childhood obesity, sometimes the humble tomato can be our best weapon. But how do you get children to eat one when chips beckon? Our answer: the “Two Bite Club.” When Seven Generations Ahead brought our Fresh From the Farm program to three Chicago-area schools, even the pickiest students joined the club. Students at Chase Elementary School in Logan Square, Dunne Technology Academy in Roseland, and Marquardt Middle School in Glendale Heights tried a combined total of 4,030 bites of 23 new foods. Kids tried blueberries, carrots, honey, bell peppers, and pomegranates, but their favorite was jicama. Fresh From the Farm also brought in a bee keeper, a farmer and a master composter to teach children about how food is grown. Now, the children are teaching parents. As one proud mother explained, “Ever since my son started the program, he talks to me about the benefits of fruits and vegetables.” And hopefully, this new mindset will help these children and their families live healthy lives.
Three Schools, Two Bites, and Healthy Eating for Life
Playing With Your FoodAugust 28, 2017
You can lead a student to the broccoli, but you can’t make him eat it. Or, can you? Summer is winding down and once again, schools across America are opening their doors, and their cafeterias. As school food service professionals begin the arduous process of re-opening kitchens, training staff and ordering food supplies, decisions are […]
Moving Farm to School Forward in Illinois. Will you tell us your story?April 13, 2017
Recently, I read an article featuring Vermont Farm to School stories shared during a statewide Farm to School Day at the Vermont State House in Montpelier. Farm to school practitioners, health advocates and schoolchildren lucky enough to have a farm to school program in their district told many moving stories to House Representatives. It got […]
In Search of Local Treasures: Putting our money where our values are.February 21, 2017
Over the past several weeks, we have worked on our March Farm to School Day event making decisions, setting details and hiring vendors. Planning a complex event is stressful and at times, frustrating. Creating an event that best represents our values and our work can be even more so. It is easy to lose sight […]