The Bring the Farmer to Your School Program is a collaboration between Sustainable Economic Enterprises of Los Angeles (SEE-LA) and Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) that allows local farmers to deliver interactive presentations while teaching students about local agriculture and the importance of eating more fresh fruits and vegetables. This unique program, the only one of its kind in Los Angeles County, brings local California farmers into Title I LAUSD classrooms to deliver interactive presentations about agriculture, farming as a career, and the value of healthy eating. Students have a chance to ask questions, see pictures, and taste farm-fresh locally-grown produce. Farmers often bring varieties of fruits and vegetables that are unknown to students, like blood oranges, purple carrots, or cherimoya. Since October 2015, 13 farmers have taught 131,442 students at 197 schools.
This program was supported by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Agricultural Marketing Service through Grant 15-SCBGP-CA-0046. Its contents are solely the responsibility of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official views of the USDA.