FARM TO SCHOOL
The Big Garden Farm to School program began in Southwest Iowa through a partnership with Golden Hills RC&D in 2015. Farm to School is a national program that has three components: school garden installation, garden education, and local foods procurement. We install edible school gardens and bring our educators into the classroom to share gardening, cooking, nutrition, and preserving skills. During the growing season, food produced in the school garden is used for snacks and distributed to families for use at home. This program connects participants with their local food system as we enjoy local food snacks, meet local farmers, and even visit farms in the area.