Thanks to the coordination of community partner Whatcom-Farm-to-School, local farmers have visited elementary schools this school year to share their experiences of growing food. This is part of a broader effort on food education in our schools and cafeterias, sharing where food comes from, how it is grown and how it is prepared to eat.
In late October, Helen Solem of Sumas River Farm took some time away from her Whatcom County organic farm to visit with students at Cordata Elementary. Timed with the October Harvest of the Month, she brought with her a variety of cauliflower and broccoli from her farm. During her visit, students asked questions about being a farmer and the crops she grows.
In December, Giana Wakim of The Crows Farm visited Birchwood Elementary School and gave out samples of chives and talked about alliums in general, a plant genus that includes onions, leeks, garlic and shallots.
Sharing a little about her time in the cafetera and why she was happy to spend time with the students, she wrote:
“I loved visiting Birchwood Elementary last month! I was pleasantly surprised at how interested and knowledgeable the kids were about alliums and farming. They had great questions about what it’s like to be a farmer and why I liked farming. It was great to share a little bit about what we do at The Crows Farm and get the kids thinking more about food and where it comes from. It’s such an important subject for kids to start thinking about, and the more interest and exposure they get, it will greatly impact our local food system for generations to come.”