The Food and Agriculture Literacy Center at Mykawa Farm is a labor of affection made doable by HISD’s devoted Nutrition Services Department. Mykawa caretakers welcomed two courses from Young Elementary School and Attucks Middle School for a Fall Harvest Festival to have fun a profitable planting season.
Students have been invited to take part in numerous exercise stations, together with a cooking demonstration by Chef Brittany Jones and a stroll via the rows of mature and harvest-ready greens.
Mykawa Farm is a working academic farm with the aim of offering college students with an understanding of the place their meals comes from and the way wholesome produce can profit them of their on a regular basis lives. Since its inception on the peak of the COVID-19 pandemic, Mykawa Farm hasn’t had many alternatives to welcome college students for in-person area journeys, however the Nutrition Services employees hope that this go to would be the first of many extra to return.
With the climate cooling down and Halloween on the best way, the workforce at Mykawa Farm noticed a chance to deliver a number of campuses collectively for a day of diet literacy and sustainable farming schooling. “We hope that they be taught to like the outside, be taught a bit bit about composting, be taught a enjoyable recipe, be taught a bit bit about diet, and get to plant some greens,” stated Nan Cramer, Nutrition Services Director.
The college students additionally obtained to witness the life cycle of the produce grown there in fast-forward—planting spinach seedlings, harvesting produce, and studying to make use of that produce to arrange a wholesome snack all in someday.
Harvest Festival organizers made positive there was time for some unmitigated Autumn enjoyable and invited the scholars to color mini-pumpkins and take part in a scavenger hunt the place they sought out little jack-o-lanterns stuffed with enjoyable prizes.
The extra college students can affiliate sustainable farming with enjoyable, the nearer the Food and Agriculture Literacy Center involves realizing its aim of making meals safety for all HISD college students.