October is Farm-to-School Month, a time to celebrate the connections happening all over the country between children and local food! Coordinated through the BCSD Nutrition Department, Camp Carousel hosted petting zoos at multiple locations in the district, allowing all of our students the chance to get up close and personal with farm animals.
In addition to the petting zoos, taste tests were hosted by Food Corps to demonstrate the wide range of local flavors attributable to our agricultural community. Student's tried spaghetti made from squash and smoothies made from spinach. Students were also given a tour of the kind of machinery used in farming, which included different types of tractors.
From taste tests in the cafeteria and nutrition education activities in the classroom, to farm visits and school garden harvest parties, schools, farms, communities and organizations in all 50 states, Washington, D.C. and U.S. Territories take part in the celebrations.
The National Farm to School Network advocated for the creation of National Farm to School Month by Congress in 2010 and now organizes the annual celebration with dozens of partners across the country.