Growing up Healthy: From the Farm to the Cafeteria

Tylar Setser


As a FoodCorps Member in Mississippi, my responsibilities included grant writing, school garden development, and educational outreach. In particular, I coordinated with local farmers and local District Nutrition Directors to source local produce into school cafeterias. The benefits for children are extraordinary including describing healthy choices, identifying new fruits and vegetables, and introducing different nutritious recipes and food preparations. The following discussion provides teachers with information to secure fresh, local produce on behalf of the health of all children. Building on my experiences and those of my colleagues, the following guidelines provide a map to creating a “culture of food appreciation”.

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