Our Advisory Board began this long-term initiative to develop in youth an understanding of how and where food is grown/produced AND to prepare youth to be gardeners and potential future farmers.
“Growing Kids! – a future with local foods” project:
This is our first project under the Youth in Agriculture Initiative. We joined with Dublin Middle School in Pulaski County in a ‘Growing Kids!’ mini-grant from VA Foundation for Agriculture in the Classroom (AITC) and are providing technical assistance. SO Fresh played a key role in the design, writing, and executing of this grant program. Eighth graders in Consumer Sciences will prepare soil, grow and harvest vegetables at school and cook with them. Once complete, a package module will be created for other schools.
Read Ongoing “Growing Kids”Reports
A lack of understanding of where our foods come from, reduced access to nutritious foods, lower than average income levels and food insecurity in the region contribute to poor nutritional decisions and the rise in [...]
Pulaski County Public Schools has received a USDA Farm to School Planning Grant which helps them begin to incorporate more local foods into their school lunch menus. SO Fresh is serving on the Farm to [...]
4/2/15 Update: DMS Family and Consumer Sciences Indoor Garden. Tomato plants growing well. Plan is to make strombolis with homemade pizza crust and classroom-grown tomatoes at harvest time. Very enthusiastic and anticipating yummy deliciousness! Students are [...]