USVI Activities Commence for National Farm to School Month

School boy portrait eating lunch in school cafeteriaThe U.S. Virgin Islands started activities this week to recognize National Farm to School Month (October).  The vision of territory leaders for fostering farm to public schools programs is tri-fold:

  • Get locally-grown food onto student’s plates at school lunches
  • Teach children about agriculture both in and out of the classroom
  • Set-up school gardens for kids to have hands-on learning experiences

October Events (remaining) on St. Croix:

  • Farmer’s Meet and Greet / Oct. 17 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at balter (Christiansted) hosted / sponsored by the following organizations:
    •      Taste of St. Croix (St. Croix Food and Wine Experience)
    •      Virgin Islands Good Food Coalition
    •      Virgin Islands Department of Agriculture (VIDOA)
    •      Virgin Islands Department of Education (VIDE)
  • Students Sell Fresh Eggs / Oct. 19 from 9:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at La Reine Farmer’s Market
    •      Sourced from Arthur Richards Junior High poultry farm
  • Food Learn Event kicks off Dine VI Week / Oct. 27 from 10:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Estate Whim Museum
    •      Second annual event
    •      Honors Farm to School Heros

The territory-wide Farm to Table conference in May 2015 started this movement locally.  It was made by possible with a grant from the Child Nutrition Program under the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA).  The grant of more than $20K was secured by the USVI Department of Education with assistance by local farm to school leader Sommer Sibilly-Brown.

Nationally, the push for Farm to School has been led by First Lady Michelle Obama for the last eight years.  Learn more about her efforts to encourage children to eat well and exercise at LetsMove.gov.

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