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.
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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'!
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!
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!
Holy Whole Grains
Students learned about whole grains by looking for the whole grain stamp on packages, & playing a true false game in which they learned all kinds of fun facts! In the kitchen, the students made energy bites by following a recipe. They even got to taste test their recipe!
Which came first? The chicken or the egg?
Students learned about poultry. The learned how to crack & peel an egg, & made & tasted homemade egg salad & a hard boiled egg. They learned the different parts of an egg & searched for "EGG" on the ingredient lists of packages. They played a true/false game in which they learned fun facts about chickens!
A Trip to the Dairy Factory
Students learned about cows & dairy products. They learned the different stations at a dairy factory. They made smoothies & REAL butter. The students also taste tested different kinds of cheese!
What has eyes, but cannot see?
Students learned all about potatoes! They planted a seed potato, learned how potatoes are graded & searched for ingredients on packages. They also made homemade ketchup & tasted roasted sweet, gold & purple potatoes!
The final lesson is all about digestion & how food affects our body. Students learned the process of digestion & what types of food we should eat more of to help different parts of our body. They made a fruit salad & a mini pizza in the teaching kitchen & learned about the five senses.
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