TCLF’s Farm to Kids Texas program just completed an exciting semester–our first one back since before the pandemic! Here are some of the highlights:
This year we taught Farm to Kids classes for the first time at the Intermediate and Middle School levels, in addition to our K-4 programming. With our upper grades, we explored more complex cooking techniques and dove deeper into understanding our local food systems. Next school year we are excited to expand even further by teaching High School classes as well!
Green Gate Farms in Austin, TX hosted our Elgin ISD students for a wonderful tour this April. Students learned about how all kinds of produce is grown, tasted nasturtium flowers and other new foods, and explored a 100+ year old barn. All the families on tour also got to take a share of fresh vegetables complete with a few signature Farm to Kids recipes.
This Spring we distributed hundreds of boxes full of fresh produce from The Common Market Texas to Elgin ISD families with the help of the fabulous ACE team. Every box helped us further our goal of getting more Texas-grown veggies onto the plates of local students and their families.
New Instructor and Curriculum Developer!
I (Anna Marie) joined the team in January as TCLF’s first full-time staff responsible for the Farm to Kids Texas program. This position has allowed me to combine my passions for education, cooking, and local food systems. It’s been a delight to get to know the students and ACE staff members who make this program possible and I’m looking forward to growing along with this project!