Farm to School
Benefits of Farm to School
HSSD's Farm to School program enriches the connection students have with fresh, healthy food and local food producers. Farm to School empowers students and their families to make informed food choices while strengthening the local economy and contributing to vibrant communities.
Farm to School includes:
- Procurement: Local foods are purchased, promoted, and served in the cafeteria as a snack or in classroom taste-tests.
- Education: Students participate in education activities related to agriculture, food, health, and nutrition.
- School Gardens: Students engage in hands-on, experimental learning through gardening.
In the land in front of Bay Port High School is a garden called Inspiration Acres. Inspiration Acres is cared for by the students in the Here We Grow summer school course, their teachers, and AmeriCorps service members.
A wide variety of vegetables are grown in the garden and the produce is utilized by the HSSD School Nutrition Department for school meals, as part of the farm-to-school effort.
Within the summer school course, students are taught basic gardening skills, along with plant and human nutrition. Students learn in a high school classroom and an outdoor classroom by the garden. This hands-on learning opportunity allows students to apply planing, planting, weeding, watering, and harvesting skills.