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A Day at Lands Sake Farm

By
Eunice Pinckney,   Mckinley Elementary School
Play:
Farm to School — Know Your Foods
Topics:
Access to Healthy Foods,  Physical Activity Participation
Students in the 2nd through 5th grades traveled to Weston, MA. to spend a day at the farm after studying and researching farm life. Students interacted with animals and had a walking tour through the life of a farmer. Students identified various plants, vegetables and herbs as they were able to taste and smell produce provided by the farmers. Students were able to observe local agriculture and understand the process of farm to table. It was an opportunity to learn the life cycle of plants and farm animals. They were able to hold chickens and rabbits as well. It was a fun filled day in the fresh air and lots of hands-on learning. Students ended the day with a healthy lunch, produce to take home to share with their families and a movement activity.

What improvements have you seen at your school?

More students are eating and trying a variety of fruits and vegetables during the school day for breakfast, lunch and at snack time.

How do you plan to make this Play last during the school year and beyond?

Throughout the school year, students are introduced to a variety of fruits and vegetables. There was also a school wide smoothie challenge that encouraged each class to come up with a smoothie recipe and try other teams' smoothies.