Bringing the farm to the classroom

"It was quite an eye opening experience for the children," she said. "We learned all about where milk comes from...and just in general a lot about a farm, which not a lot of students have been exposed to."

This year, kids were also treated to an in-school lesson on butter churning.

Capital District Community Gardens visited several schools to give gardening lessons. Many of the district's schools have started their own gardens, and some incorporate the harvest into the lunch menu. The visits will hopefully strengthen the harvests in years to come, said Eagle Elementary parent Amy Conway, who has been organizing some of that school's activities.

"It generates interest for some of the teachers who maybe don't know a whole lot about the garden or bring their students down," she said.

And all across the district, students have brought in their favorite recipes that incorporate locally-grown ingredients. The tastiest ones get put on the school lunch menu.

After two years of focusing on healthy and local eating, those involved agree that Farm to You Fest not only provides kids with fun activities, but teaches early on that food comes from the ground, not the store shelf.

"That's been a beautiful connection to make," said Shaw.""

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