Texas Center for Local Food is planting the seeds for a vibrant food system future with our Farm-to-Kids Texas program. This program connects K-12 students to their food, their communities, their environments, and their local food growers. Our goal is to bring locally grown produce into the classroom and engage students with hands-on cooking and learning enrichment activities.
Our educational modules incorporate grade-appropriate science and language arts concepts aligned with Texas Education Knowledge and Skills Standards (TEKS), and all lessons encourage teamwork and social-emotional learning. Farm-to-Kids Texas programming is designed to cultivate a more just and equitable food system. We strive to make all class content accessible and enjoyable to students of all backgrounds, identities, and abilities. Ultimately, Farm-to-Kids students will have increased familiarity with and access to healthy, seasonal produce, which will result in an increased consumption of local foods.
Farm-to-Kids Texas coordinates field trips to local farms for our students. We have also led the distribution of Veggie Boxes full of local produce to hundreds of Elgin ISD families.
We currently operate within the Elgin Independent School District as a part of the ACE (Afterschool Centers on Education) program.The Farm-to-Kids Texas Program was developed and tested in partnership with the Elgin Independent School District with grants from the Texas Education Agency and the Texas 21st Century Community Learning Centers Grant Program. We are in the process of expanding our programing and developing curriculum that can be implemented Texas wide.
Anna Marie Rosenlieb is the lead instructor and curriculum developer for the Farm-to-Kids program. Based in Austin TX, she combines her background in organic farming and outdoor education to create engaging learning experiences for all of her students.
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