The Vinton-Shellsburg Community School District and Farm-To-School chapter is celebrating National Farm-To-School month by featuring locally grown or harvested products on the school district menu during the week of October 8th – 12th.

Many students and adults in our community grow up around farms without experiencing the practice of planting, nurturing, harvesting and eating fresh vegetables. To introduce students and families to healthy eating habits and boost the local agricultural economy, the Vinton-Shellsburg school and our local Farm-to-School program aim to connect local farmers to our school cafeterias.

Farm to School week kicks off on Monday, October 8th and will celebrate local farmers by offering students locally grown foods during the school lunch program.

During the week, over 1200 students will be introduced to locally grown or harvested products. During the week of October 8th-12th, all district menus will feature meals utilizing local corn, beans, honey, sweet potatoes, pork, yogurt and apples, as examples.

On Friday, October 12th students in grades 1st – 5th will tour Birker’s Dairy farm to learn where their milk comes from, followed by a trip to explore Vinton’s Youth Garden.

WHO: Students in the Vinton-Shellsburg School District.

WHEN:

• Thurs., Oct 11

Lunch in all VSCSD building sites,

Times vary per building, 11 am – 1 pm

• Fri., Oct 12

Birker Dairy Farm and

Vinton Community Youth Garden