Food From the Farm connects kindergarten students and their families to local farms to encourage eating local fruits and vegetables, and to help the kids understand where their food comes from. The program includes:
- Healthy eating and agriculture lessons and activities taught in the classroom by kindergarten teachers.
- Farm trips to local farms two times a year to show the students how food grows on a farm.
- Local fruit and vegetable tastings in the classroom two times a week. The food comes from the farm that students visit on the farm trips.
- Parent activities like sessions on shopping tips for
affording fruits and vegetables, cooking activities, and
opportunities to purchase fruits and vegetables from local
farms. Click below for a list of farmers’ markets located
near participating schools:
Students who participate in Food From the Farm:
- Are more willing to try a variety of fruits and vegetables
- Enjoy eating fruits and vegetables
- Eat fruits and vegetables more often at school
- Are less likely to ask their parents for unhealthy foods
Participating schools and organizations:
- Gordon Parks Elementary School
- Della Lamb Elementary Charter School
- Benjamin Banneker Charter Academy of Technology
- Satchel Paige Elementary School
- Leslie Bell Elementary School
- Grandview Elementary School
- Dear Elementary School
Food From the Farm has a close partnership with Farmer Bret and Farmer Brandon of Fahrmeier Farms in Lexington, Mo. Fahrmeier Farms provides the farm trips and locally grown fruits and vegetables for schools in the Kansas City area.
Opaa! Food Management also partners with Food From the Farm. Opaa! is dedicated to providing healthy school meals and works with Missouri farms to provide locally grown foods in their school cafeterias.
Food From the Farm contact:
Ann Cohen, MS, RD, LD
Extension Associate Professor
Department of Nutrition and Exercise Physiology
College of Human Environmental Sciences
University of Missouri
1205 University Place, Suite 300
Columbia, MO 65211
To speak with your county Extension representative, visit extension.missouri.edu and select your county for local contact information.
Funded in part by USDA SNAP, the Health Care Foundation of Greater Kansas City and the Junior League of Kansas City.
Running out of money for food? Contact your local food stamp office or go online to http://dss.mo.gov/fsd/fstamp/. For more information, call MU Extension's Show Me Nutrition line at 1-888-515-0016.
Last update: Wednesday, April 10, 2013