On Friday, October 27, make your plate SC grown. Have a taste test with your school or child care center using Certified SC produce. Post a photo with the hashtag #mycertifiedplate on Facebook or Instagram and be entered to win some Farm to School prizes.
A taste test is a small sample of produce given to children and teachers to introduce them to a new food. Taste tests provide children with an opportunity to try new foods without creating a lot of food waste. It is a great way to introduce Certified South Carolina fruits and vegetables to them! Be sure your produce is locally grown and in-season to offer the best experience. Some examples of in-season produce include apples, beets, broccoli, butter beans, cucumbers, green onions, leeks, leafy greens, tomatoes and so much more. Visit the Certified SC website or Farmers Market maps to find local produce.
Sign up here to show how you are participating in Make Your Plate SC Grown and the first 300 participants to sign up will be mailed a packet of stickers and seeds to help celebrate Farm to School month.
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Over 13 schools or districts signed up to participate in Make you Plate SC Grown Day to celebrate National Farm to School Month, which means almost 3,000 students have tasted South Carolina grown products this month! Check out how SC Farm to School celebrated Farm to School Month.
Briggs Elementary served a delicious meal to students thanks to donations from Carolina Heritage Pork and McCall Farms and the dedication of teacher Mr. Jeff Murrie! Their plates included local pork chops, vegetables, and scratch made biscuits with South Carolina Grown honey.
Tiger Corner Farms and Dorchester School District 2 hosted a Container Farm to School Launch Party at Ashley Ridge High School! The event included salads and smoothies made from locally grown lettuces, tours of the container farms, and interactive educational activities for the students. Schools in Dorchester District 2 will be purchasing local lettuce from Tiger Corners Farms throughout the school year to serve in cafeteria salad bars and on sandwiches.
A grilled local produce station was set up for Chartwells K12 and Spartanburg County School District Three’s Grilling from the Garden celebration held at Middle School of Pacolet. They offered grilled apples, chicken, zucchini, squash, cabbage, and sweet potatoes!
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The South Carolina Department of Agriculture hosted a taste test using SC grown products and palmetto pick recipes. Employees, including Commissioner Weathers, filled their plates with local products from Titan Farms, WP Rawl, McLeod Farms, and Split Creek Dairy.
Celebrate National Farm to School Month in October!
October is National Farm to School Month, a time to celebrate connections happening all over the country between schools and local food!
Farm to school enriches the connection communities have with fresh, healthy food and local food producers by changing food purchasing and education practices at schools and preschools. Farm to school is reaching millions of students in all 50 states and Washington, D.C. In addition to improving child health, when schools buy local, they create new markets for local and regional farmers and contribute to vibrant communities, a win-win-win scenario!
Whether you are a teacher, food-loving family, a farmer, or a food service professional, there are plenty of ways to celebrate National Farm to School Month! Each week we will be featuring a different theme with special resources. Learn more about National Farm to School Month, farm to school projects in your community, and how you can get involved by reading below or visiting the National Farm to School Network’s website at farmtoschool.org.
Teachers (October 2 – October 6)
- Plan nutrition education activities promoting the benefits of eating healthy and local
- Use the South Carolina Farm to School lending library for additional classroom books.
- Start a garden! Use garden-based curriculums to bring the classroom outside.
- Create a “gardens needs list” to distribute to parents and teachers
- Organize a farm field trip
Families (October 9 – October 13)
- Have children help out in the kitchen cooking an easy recipe
- Have a grocery store scavenger hunt.
- Play AgBingo!
- Visit a local farmers market
- Volunteer or donate to your school’s garden
Farmers and Producers (October 16 – October 20)
- Email Farm to Institution about creating a Farmer Profile
- Ask a nearby school or child care center about hosting a tasting session
- Become a classroom pen pal or invite a class for a field trip
Food Service Directors (October 23 – October 27)
- Serve recipes with South Carolina produce
- Promote healthy and local foods in the cafeteria
- Participate in Make Your Plate SC Grown!
- Create a salad bar in your cafeteria
Here are some more ways to can connect with the National Farm to School Month campaign:
- Visit the NFSN website: farmtoschool.org
- #F2SMonth and #scfarmtoschool – Use these hashtags in your social media messages
- Follow National Farm to School Network on Facebook
- Follow SC Farm Institution on Facebook, Instagram @scfarm2inst, and Pinterest