What’s Growing On? is a farm-to-school education effort that aims to promote local seasonal vegetables and fruits in school cafeterias, classrooms, and communities across Northeastern North Carolina. It was launched in fall 2014.
Through What’s Growing On?, Working Landscapes partners with Child Nutrition allies across the region to develop resources specific to school cafeterias, enhance the school-food environment and enable child nutrition staff to reach students in engaging ways. Resources are currently being developed, including a local food guide, cafeteria posters, and a seasonal produce calendar. By helping school districts to get students excited about local food, What’s Growing On? is building a farm-to-school community that educates and nourishes our children.
Going forward, resources will grow to meet the needs of classrooms and communities. Connecting local food education to teachers and parents will help to build a network of advocates and knowledge around seasonal vegetables and fruits – strengthening our food system from the ground up.
Accomplishments so far
During the past year, What’s Growing On? Program Manager, Tim Williams, traveled throughout northeastern North Carolina bringing programming to school cafeterias. Tim has visited over 1,000 students and hosted Cafeteria Taste Tests in five school districts. Taste tests are interactive cafeteria events in which students are encouraged to sample the What’s Growing On? local vegetable or fruit of the month. Students who have tried the locally grown option are given an opportunity to vote on how they liked it. These events truly transform the cafeteria and provide students an exciting experience around healthy, local food options being served at school.
Read about an event hosted at Riverview Elementary School in Hertford County: http://www.hertford.k12.nc.us/news.cfm?story=151154&school=1969
Participating districts, 2014-15
- Warren County Schools
- Roanoke Rapids Graded School District
- Weldon City Schools
- Northampton County Schools
- Hertford County Schools
- Bertie County Schools