HEALTHY SCHOOLS PROJECTS
Classroom Nutrition Education
Farm-To-School Salad Bar
To provide learning opportunities for students to make healthy choices
To give children hands-on, sensory experience of fresh fruits and vegetables
To show children the agricultural sources of their food
To build a relationship between the school community and local agriculture
To support parents' effort for their child's positive health behavior
To develop a local market for local farmers
Classroom nutrition education combining the garden experience with classroom learning at the Salad Bar
In-class demonstrations of local fresh vegetables and fruits
Tours of local farms
Enlisting family and community members as volunteers
Collaboration with UCCE Master Gardeners Program
Growing a vegetable garden teaches the link between food production and consumption, while offering young minds the opportunity to explore nature and apply lessons from science and math to "real world" problems such as seasons and the environment.
The Healthy Schools Project provides for the creation of school gardens at each school site as a collaborative effort between the district staff, parents, and UCCE Master Gardeners.
Integrated Nutrition Education
Children learn about food primarily by eating it
The Healthy Schools Project incorporates regular classroom "taste testing" sessions.
Classroom visits by local farmers, chefs, nutrition experts and other health professionals expose students to the broad range of issues related to nutrition.
Farm-To-School Salad Bar
The Farm-To-School Salad Bar brings all parts of the Healthy Schools Project together, serving fresh (and wherever possible) locally grown produce in a balanced meal with proteins, grains, dairy, vegetables and fruits.
Eating at the Salad Bar gives the children practice in making balanced, healthy food choices. It reinforces learning about nutrition and lessons from the garden, as well as the experience of eating seasonal produce.
Parents and other volunteers, teachers and child nutrition staff provide "on-the-spot" education about nutrition and balanced meals.
Fresh seasonal fruit and vegetables are purchased from local farmers when they are available. Additional produce is purchased from the District's regular distributor.
Funding & Support for thie Healthy Schools Project is provided by:
Ventura Unified School District
Community Alliance with Family Farmers
California Nutrition Network
UC Hansen Trust
University of California Cooperative Extnesion
Ventura Educational Partnership
.... and many individual donors.