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Farm to School is a global movement that encompasses a lot of what we already do with our school gardens: engaging students in growing, eating and making food, and purchasing local and healthy produce for school meals.
Over the past year, we’ve partnered with the Pittsburgh Public Schools Food Service Department and the Pittsburgh Food Policy Council to add healthier choices to the school food menu through the Harvest of the Month Program.
The Harvest of the Month Program, started in 2017 by PPS, highlights one vegetable a month on the district-wide cafeteria menu as a tasting sample and is featured in a salad every Thursday. The goal of this program is to encourage healthy food choices, knowledge of seasonal produce among students, and to connect garden education to the lunchroom.
Beets! Radishes! Sweet Potatoes! These are just a few of the Harvest of the Month foods that students enjoyed in their school lunches. On this page you’ll see their winning entries of our poster competition, which will be displayed in school cafeterias and in the 2019-2020 Harvest of the Month calendar.
Learning about your taste buds, smelling herbs, discovering textures of leaves and earth: everything is new for the youngest growers in our school garden programming.
We’ve only just begun working with ages 0-5 in the gardens, but we’re excited about it. Click here to find some examples of our work with Early Childhood Centers within PPS and at Hosanna House, plus more activities and resources for Farm to Early Childhood Education.