Charlottesville Farm to School & Healthy Schools Week

City Schoolyard Garden, Charlottesville City Schools and the City of Charlottesville joined with numerous partners to launch Charlottesville Farm to School & Healthy Schools Week. Announced at the October 2nd, 2017 City Council meeting, this week aligns with Virginia Farm to School Week and National Farm to School Month and this initiative builds capacity for bringing healthy, local food to city youth. During the first full week of October students at the all Charlottesville City Schools engaged in experiential garden and food-based activities throughout the week with farm animals, a special Local on the Line Menu, and more.

 

“City Schoolyard Garden is pleased to partner with Charlottesville City Schools, the City of Charlottesville, Local Food Hub and numerous community organizations and businesses to engage students in tasting and learning about healthy, local foods,” said Aleen Carey, City Schoolyard Garden Board Chair. “We aim to build food equity for city youth and to educate and excite students about gardening, cultivating healthy living skills, and local agriculture.”

At the CSG gardens, we host goat visits, farm field-trips, garden lessons, and more! Check out our blog to see highlights from Farm to School and Healthy Schools Week 2018.

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The Virginia Farm to School Week is part of the National Farm to School Network (NFSN), which is an information, advocacy and networking hub that works to bring local food sourcing and food and agriculture education into school systems throughout the United Sates. NFSN strives to empower children and their families to make informed food choices while simultaneously engaging in and strengthening the local community and economy. Currently, 42% of US schools participate in or interact with NFSN, engaging around 23.6 million students!

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