Iowa Choice Harvest is passionate about supporting Farm to School programs in our local communities and beyond.
According to the National Farm to School Network, through Farm to School programs, “Students gain access to healthy, local foods as well as education opportunities such as school gardens, cooking lessons and farm field trips. Farm to school
empowers children and their families to make informed food choices while strengthening the local economy and contributing to vibrant communities.”
Why is ICH so passionate about Farm to School?
Our mission is “To connect our customers with earth-conscious Iowa farmers who grow high-quality fruits and vegetables”. Participating with Farm to School is one of the ways we can connect with students and their families by providing access to nutritious, high-quality, local food that tastes great!
How has ICH been involved?
- Midwest Menu 2014 and 2015 – for the past 2 years, during Farm to School month (October), Des Moines Public Schools Food and Nutrition Services developed a “Midwest Menu” in celebration of Food Day. ICH’s sweet corn and Iowa apples were served for both years.
- Family Fun Night – Hillis Elementary (Des Moines) conducted a special taste test for their students and families at one of their Family Fun Nights. ICH sweet corn was used in their new recipe for corn and black bean salsa – it was a hit!
- A is for Apple – Sponsored Farm to School contest where schools were nominated and one ultimately won a school-wide tasting of local apples from ICH. Brubaker Elementary was the winner for 2015 and the kids were thrilled!
- Breakfast Week – Hillis Elementary (Des Moines) celebrated national breakfast week with their students by serving yummy aronia berry muffins made with ICH’s local aronia berries!
Brubaker Elementary’s “A is for Apple” schoolwide tasting event
We’re always looking for more ways to get involved – if you have an event that you’d like us to be involved in, email us!
- Students start requesting items like rutabaga fries by name at Boston Public Schools
- Fruit and vegetable consumption is going up and obesity rates are going down
- For Amelia Anderson and Marley Santos of Foothill Elementary in Boulder, Colorado – they have never had a school lunch without a salad bar
- Students in the Madison Metropolitan School District are empowered by garden bars and the power of choice they provide
Make it personal – Our kids deserve the best – whether you’re a parent, teacher, grandparent, or food service professional – start making a difference today! Organizing your own Iowa Farm to School chapter is easier than you think!