October is National Farm to School Month, and school cafeterias across the country are trying to connect students to their local farms in their farm to school program, and that’s what happened Monday afternoon for students in Madison.
Students at Heritage Elementary School got to hear from Scott’s Orchard on how apples and peaches are grown, while also getting a chance to snack on them.
“A lot of kids don’t know where their foods come from besides the grocery store or the cafeteria, so we do need to get in there and explain that there are farmers that grow your foods and there’s processes on how it can get there,” said Will Scott, a partner at Scott’s Orchard.
“We are implementing Farm to School throughout the state of Alabama. We’re trying to connect farmers to the kids through local procurement,” said Don Wambles, State Coordinator for Farm to School for the State of Alabama. “We’re wanting to instill healthy eating habits at a young age and take that all the way through adulthood.”
As part of the program, Madison and Madison County schools get weekly deliveries of apples from Scott’s Orchard during apple season.
Click here for more information: http://alabamafarmtoschool.org/