Date: Tuesday, March 28

Time: 2:20 PM - 3:20 PM

Room: Ash

Grow and Give: A Unique Farm to School Program for 5th Graders

  • Jazmin Aide Rojo, 5/6th Spanish Immersion Teacher, Davis Joint Unified School District

  • Jeri Ohmart, Program Coordinator, Davis Farm to School

  • Robin Waxman, Executive Director, FARM Davis

  • Moderator: Sharon Cech, Regional Food Systems Director, Urban and Environmental Policy Institute - Occidental College

This workshop features a unique collaboration between Davis Farm to School (DF2S), FARM Davis (a Yolo County nonprofit farm) and a 5th Grade elementary school class. We will feature Farm Davis' "Grow & Give" program, which is designed to empower 5th grade students to plan, plant, harvest, prepare and serve an entire meal to Seniors at a low income residence. The program begins in the classroom, where students "create' their meal. Also this is where farming, seasonality and nutrition information is shared and where curricular connections are first made. Students then visit the farm, plant for the meal and begin some advanced preparation. About three months later, students return, harvest, do all the preparations and cooking, then share their meal with senior residents of the care facility. The session will focus on collaborative efforts to sustain such programs, curricular connections to ensure educational content, practical and logistical arrangements of the program, and most of all, the joy that this brings to students, teachers, parents and the seniors who connect with the young chefs over a meal.