Bring The Farmer To Your School!
SEE-LA teams up with LAUSD (Los Angeles Unified School District)
The Bring the Farmer to Your School Program was a collaboration through the support of the California Department of Food and Agriculture’s (CDFA) Specialty Crop Block Grant. Through this funding, we will be able to bring California farmers into the classroom at Title 1 Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) schools across Los Angeles County to provide students with an incredible learning experience filled with fun facts about farming and fresh tastings of locally-grown produce. Over time, the program expanded to provide interactive kids classes at select SEE-LA markets. Many times, we have discovered through this program that this is the first time children get to taste a variety of fruits and vegetables.
The Farmer in the Classroom format provided students with a 30-minute interactive presentation by a farmer. Visits take place during regular school hours with farmers presenting to 250 students per day. At the end of each presentation students receive a sample of locally-grown produce from the farmer’s personal farm to enjoy. The program is both fun and educational. And a great experience!
The Farmer Produce Stand format was designed for students to enjoy and learn while participating in a school-wide event such as a Health Fair or Open House. Farmers set up a stand as they would at a farmers’ market and include educational visual aids. Students visiting the Farmer Produce Stand learn about the farm, healthy eating, and leave with a sample of produce.