Thanks to funding from a High Country Local First Farm to School Grant, Parkway students will be participating in several farm to school taste tests, an event that offers students small samples of local foods during school lunch hours in the cafeteria. Providing taste tests featuring seasonal local produce in the school cafeteria will be the focus of the TASTE Local Food (Teaching All Students To Experience Local Food) project. A video and poster about the local farmers who have grown the produce will be shared with students. When possible, samples of the featured produce will also be grown in the school garden or greenhouse.
The first farm to school taste test was ALL About BEETS! On May 4th, students had an opportunity to taste beets and beet greens during lunch. The beets were grown at Springhouse Farm in Vilas which is an organic and Good Agricultural Practices (GAP) certified farm. Students also watched a video about Springhouse Farm and farmer, Amy Fiedler (Thanks to Richard Tidyman, Parkway CTE Teacher for filming and editing this video and Amy Fiedler for starring in the video)!
Here are a few photos from the first farm to school taste test at Parkway School!
Blue Ridge Women in Agriculture Office
Lower Level 171 Grand Blvd
PO Box 67
Boone, NC 28608