Eat What You Grow – School Garden Food Safety
We are proud to announce the success of the Eat What You Grow! pilot project with the Chicago Public Schools!
FamilyFarmed.org and CPS have produced a school garden manual and training materials that allows CPS cafeterias to source produce from their own school gardens. The manual contains information, step-by-step instructions, and record keeping materials to allow school garden operators to make sure their produce meets high food safety standards. This manual will allow gardening, nutrition, food safety, and health to become fully integrated parts of the Chicago Public Schools curriculum. The first school garden grown produce from five pilot schools was served in cafeterias in spring 2013, and the program is rolling out to more CPS locations in fall 2013!
We were able to complete this project with generous support from Healthy Schools Campaign, School Food FOCUS, Clif Bar Family Foundation, the USDA Farm to School Program, Chicago Public Schools, and an anonymous donor.
This project is an extension of our ongoing On-Farm Food Safety Project, which allows farmers to create customized food safety plans in both English and Spanish. Read more about School Garden Food Safety here!