Farm-2-Table

What is Farm-2-Table?


Farm-2-Table is a continuation of Community Bridges program centered on first grade students. Each month, approximately 220 students from Williams & Riddle Elementary Schools participate in Farm-2-Table where they learn about a farming or agricultural community.

Upon arrival at the Fit-2-Serve facility, students are led through a truly unique classroom experience as they learn & gain an appreciation for all the people we never meet who provide all the food we eat!

Each month, an agricultural community is featured for students learn about the work of a farmer & the produce or product realized from that community. In the Teaching Kitchen next door, students follow & make a recipe that centers on the food product from that community. In addition, students don their ‘try-it shoes’ & sample foods grown by the farmer.  

Students are introduced to the word, ingredients . . . a big 11-letter word for a 1st grader. The goal is two-fold. First, students measure & add ingredients when following a recipe while in the Teaching Kitchen. Second, they are challenged to find the word on packages of foods commonly found in the home. Mid-year they learn the words nutrition & nutrients. By the end of the school year,  students understand the importance of knowing the  ingredients list & are able to make healthier food & drink choices.

Researchers have shown that encouraging kids to get involved in meal preparation is an effective health promotion strategy for schools and parents. Click here for more info. 

Lessons

Here is what the students have done this year!

September

Fresh is Best!

Students were introduced to kitchen utensils, where their food comes from (farm/farmer) & real produce with seeds. In the Teaching Kitchen, students made fresh carrot cookies, learned how to use a knife, & tasted 'the rainbow'!

October

All About Orchards

The students learned about orchards, pollination, & dehydration. They were introduced to the word "ingredients" to begin process of identifying what is listed on the packages of foods they eat. In the Teaching Kitchen the students followed a recipe & cored fresh apples & measured ingredients. They taste-tested a varieties of fresh apples & a pear!

November

All About Vineyards

Students made & taste tested vine fruit kabobs. Students also searched for ingredients & chose the healthier drink option. In honor of Thanksgiving, students made a 'grape-ful' card we will be handing out to grocery store workers & truck drivers as a thank you for helping feed us! 

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