Peninsula School Farm to School Project
The Peninsula School Farm to School Project brings the students to a local farm to grow and harvest vegetables for their school cafeteria. The goals of this project are to involve all the children in the community directly in a garden project and to begin a narrative with them on local and global food systems.
Started in the fall of 2013, this project brought 190 students from K-8th grade to Mandala Farm to plant seeds in a hoophouse. Each grade at the school as their own row in the hoophouse, which they turned, raked seeded and covered. Since we are growing produce during the school year in Maine, students are also learning about season extension and how to grow under row cover and in hoophouses. We chose winter hardy greens which were planted in late fall. Students will return in the spring to observe their row and then harvest and wash the produce that they grew. The produce will be used by the school cafeteria in the lunch program.
We would like to continue supporting this project and expand it to other crops as weel This project will allow students access to their local farms to be directly involved in planting and growing food that they will consume.
KGI is a nonprofit community of over 30,000 people who are growing some of our own food and helping others to do the same.
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