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Farmers Showcase Products

By
Kristie Kuhse,   Waverly-shell Rock Middle School
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During February and March, student ambassadors planned lunch taste testing with local farmers. The goal of the lunch activities was to teach middle school students about agriculture and where our food comes from. We had the Bremer County Pork Producers brought in pork loin for students to taste. We also had hard boiled eggs on a stick dipped in seasoning made in Iowa. Local yogurt and apples were also featured. We also had an organic black bean brownies. These were a hit. The students were exposed to new food items and learned more about Iowa agriculture.

How did students and adults work together as a team?

Student Ambassadors and the Program Advisor teamed up to plan and implement the activities. Students helped to conduct the taste testing during the lunches and prepared display boards to teach their peers.

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

We plan to continue to build on this Play. Even though we live in the Heartland, many students do not know much about agriculture. We will continue to invited growers in to showcase their products. We will also work with our Food Service Program and help showcase foods they bring into the school.

What improvements have you seen at your school?

Our students are excited to have the opportunity to try new things. They also enjoy giving feedback on the samples provided. Students are becoming more aware of where their food comes from and understand the importance of local foods.