PRUNTYTOWN—At Tuesday’s Taylor County Board of Education meeting Director of Child Nutrition Donette Nines shared some exciting news that is happening in Taylor County Schools next month.
Nines told the board members that October is National Farm to School Month and that Taylor County Schools, in conjunction with the Preston Growers Co-op, will be hosting farmers markets for our students.
“I wanted to do something for the month, and I talked with Sondra Cain and Linda Casto and we came up with a plan to bring farmers markets into the schools,” she revealed.
Throughout the month students where learn where their food comes from lessons that will involve technology, as well.
Upon completion of lessons, each student will earn $4.00 in vouchers to use at the upcoming farmers market at their school.
She reported that the costs of the vouchers for every students will be covered under grant.
“The items will be priced reasonable for the students and they will also get a math lesson from buying the items,” Nines commented.
Farmers from across surrounding counties will be selling locally grown items in which students can use their vouchers to purchase. Available items: lettuce, squash, broccoli, cauliflower, bell peppers, cucumbers, pumpkins and more.
The dates for the markets at the schools are as follows: Anna Jarvis Elementary dates and times include October 16, at 11:00 a.m., West Taylor Elementary October 28 8:30 a.m., and Flemington Elementary October 31, 8:30 a.m.
For questions about National Farm to School Month, please feel free to contact the Child Nutrition Department if you have any questions at 304-265-2497.