Sharon Elementary School students dressed up as farmers for a hands-on lesson about where food comes from. (click for larger version)
Feed My School volunteers were at Sharon Elementary School Sept. 20 to help bridge the gaps from farm to cafeteria. (click for larger version)
September 30, 2013
FORSYTH COUNTY, Ga. — Students at Sharon Elementary dressed like farmers and learned about the importance of buying locally grown produce during the kick-off to the Feed My School program on Sept.20.
All 900 students participated in stations featuring locally grown products and learned about the processes involved in bringing food they enjoy from the farm to table.
Egg farmers spoke to students about what they do, while students also had a chance to churn butter, learn about hydroponic gardening and the importance of the honeybee.
"It was a wonderful opportunity to showcase our local businesses and community members," said Amy Bartlett, principal of Sharon Elementary.
Participants in the event included Circle A Lettuce, Great Harvest Bread, Butter Sensations, United Egg Producers and the Forsyth County Beekeepers Club.
Sharon Elementary has been selected as one of five elementary schools in the state to participate in the program.
The program's mission is to increase the nutritional value and quality of food in Georgia schools and bridge the communication gaps from the farm to the cafeteria, resulting in healthier Georgia children.
Sharon ES will host a feature event every month, with different locally grown products being showcased throughout the school year.
Next year, the school will provide at least 75 percent Georgia-grown food on every cafeteria plate during the week of April 25, 2014 and host a farmers market on April 25.