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The What’s Growing On Harvest Box program was created to educate elementary students on the benefits of eating healthy foods, as well as to encourage them to think about their local food systems in a fun and engaging way.
Working Landscape: What's Growing On's Harvest Boxes at Northside K-8 School
Warren, Halifax, & Hertford Counties
Throughout the school year, students in Warren, Halifax, and Hertford counties receive a special monthly delivery, called a Harvest Box. The Harvest Box is part of the What’s Growing On curriculum, a farm-to-school education program created by Working Landscapes, a nonprofit organization located in Warren County.
February’s “harvest” was none other than NC’s prized vegetable: the sweet potato; and it was fitting that the Harvest Box was delivered to the 5th-grade classroom on February 22nd, National Sweet Potato Day! The class began with a discussion of the many ways we eat sweet potatoes -- from baked to fried. They learned how sweet potatoes are grown; the nutritional benefits of sweet potatoes and other fruits and vegetables; and examined the steps it takes to get sweet potatoes from the farm to their plate.
The lesson culminated with an in-class taste test of a sweet potato pie! This treat was a rare indulgence for the class, as they had bravely sampled many locally grown greens like collards and cabbage over the course of several Harvest Box months! After each taste test, kids rate the produce on a three-point scale of – “loved it”, “liked it” and “tried it”. All kids who at least tried the produce were given a “tried it” sticker and many asked their teacher for the recipe!
The What’s Growing On Harvest Box program was created to educate elementary students on the benefits of eating healthy foods, as well as to encourage them to think about their local food systems in a fun and engaging way. The curriculum was thoughtfully developed to meet NC Standards of Education and features seasonal, locally grown produce every month. As of February 2019, the harvest boxes have reached over 60 classrooms and around 1,200 students. The Harvest Box includes one 45 minute- 1 hour lesson plan, complete with worksheets, art supplies, posters, stickers, and snacks featuring a seasonal and locally grown fruit or vegetable highlighted throughout the materials. All produce used for the program is sourced from local farm partners. If your organization or school is interested in participating in the What's Growing On Harvest Box Program, contact Working Landscape for more information: email firstname.lastname@example.org, visit website, or call (252) 257-0205
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