grow tray planting

Grow Tray Planting at Indian River Schools

grow trays

School students grow their own lettuce

Student-grown lettuce on its way to the cafeteria

Student-grown lettuce on its way to the cafeteria!


Salads for lunch!

Farm to School Program

Connecting Farms and Schools

CCE has worked with local school districts and community partners to plan and implement several farm to school programs. Each was unique to the needs of their school community, but all programs shared a common goal of providing an appreciation for fresh, local, nutritious food, while simultaneously benefiting the community and local farmers. See below for some examples of that work in action. 

Farm to School Grant partnerships: CCE partnered with Indian River Central School and Watertown City School District to write and Coordinate USDA Planning Grants.
garden School gardens: Master Gardeners help grow gardens with produce that can be used in school meal programs.
Harvest of the Month Monthly Harvest: SNAP-Ed educators bring nutrition lessons, food demonstrations and samples of seasonal recipes to North Country schools.
Ag in the Classroom Ag Literacy Week: Each year CCE coordinates volunteers in 2nd grade classrooms throughout Jefferson County to share a story and activity that promotes NY agriculture.
Ag Ag Extravaganza: Fall event aimed at helping 4th graders develop an appreciation for local agriculture. 
undefined Harvest of the Month lessons highlight the best of New York grown foods throughout the seasons while reinforcing core nutrition messages to help students develop a passion for healthy eating no matter what time of year! Each lesson includes a cooking demonstration of that month’s featured ingredient and a tasting of the recipe. Participating classrooms receive a newsletter with the recipe and tips and resources to share what they learned with their families at home.

Last updated May 19, 2023