October 4-8, 2021
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Connecticut Farm to School Collaborative
What is CT Grown for CT Kids Week?
CT Grown for CT Kids Week is an annual event happening every October in Connecticut. This week aims to celebrate and support local agriculture, public education and our community commitment to the importance of healthy nutritious meals in schools. Each year, legislators, food service directors, farmers and students gather together through farm to school activities and consumption of local products. Multiple organizations across the state support this effort to help their local schools bring CT Grown for CT Kids Week into classrooms and the home. To find more ways to celebrate farm to school visit farmtoschool.org!
Take the opportunity to join us this year as we celebrate across the state with partner organizations that are hosting Farm to School activities! With plenty of classroom and cafeteria focused efforts, you can do something big or small to bring the celebration to your school.
Apple and Pear Hard Core Crunch by Put Local on Your Tray
To join this fun activity, all you need is a #CTGrown Apple or Pear you can CRUNCH into!
Check out the toolkit at this link here that will help you find local fruit to crunch and give you a variety of ways you can participate from in school activities, social media sharing, and more!
Exploring Urban Gardens by I Got Next Farmers Coalition
There are so many different types of farms that provide to our local schools, and some of those farms are in places you might not expect, like in cities! We'll be learning more about Urban Farms and Gardens and in the city with Hosts Blessings and Sarah Rose Check out Samad Garden Initiative's Instagram for even more videos!
-Tour Lauren Little's Garden at Kamoras Cultural Corner in Hartford
Virtual Dairy Farm Tours by New England and Connecticut Dairy
Join dairy farmer Amanda Freund on a short virtual tour of Freund’s Farm in East Canaan, CT. Use this dairy farm scavenger hunt to engage students throughout the tour. Find additional virtual tours and dairy farm to school lessons & resources at NewEnglandDairy.com. Video content courtesy of New England Dairy and the Connecticut Milk Promotion Board.
All in for Applesauce recipe activity by FoodCorps CT
In this lesson, students test their close observation skills by studying one apple and then trying to identify it among other apples. They then reflect on the importance of diversity in a community and have a taste test of homemade applesauce sourced with apples from local farms. Find out more and make applesauce together here.
Cookbook and Recipe Videos for kids to cook CT Grown by New Britain Roots
Check out the homemade recipes inspired by what is growing in the gardens at New Britain Roots. These videos and recipes are kid tested and approved by the after school cooking programs at New Britain Roots and their Chef Rita!
Want to spread the word about CT Grown for CT Kids week? Use our Social Media Toolkit to help people celebrate and spread the word about this important week that focuses on all the hard work that goes into getting food from the farm onto the Trays of CT Kids!
Last Year's Video for CT Grown for
CT Kids Week
The CT Grown for CT Kids Week Crunch Challenge video, produced by NE Video
If you would like to reach out to someone to get more
information about the event, please see the below contacts by organization.
To see the October 2, 2020 Press Release click here.
Department of Education: Monica Pacheco
Department of Agriculture: Cyrena Thibodeau
FoodCorps CT: Dawn Crayco
Put Local On Your Tray: Shannon Raider-Ginsburg
CT Grown for CT Kids Week is part of "Public Act 06-135." Read the Statutory Reference here.
CT Grown for CT Kids is made possible by the partnership of these following organizations. Click on the image to be linked to their site: