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Use these resources to celebrate Farm Fresh Fridays during the Farm Fresh Challenge and throughout the year!



2018 Farm Fresh Challenge Social Media Support Toolkit

New for 2018, challenge participants must complete one social aspect to promote their participation on the Farm Fresh Challenge. The Social Media Support package is complete with sample posts and tips to make this a successful social media post


Click the icon below for the Social Media Toolkit


Garden-Based Learning

Let’s Get Growing

Connect kids to Texas Agriculture and introduce them to new foods through garden-based learning. Download TDA’s four-part resource to help you plan, grown, harvest and connect with a sustainable garden.

Click on the covers for more information. 

Plan: provides steps for developing educational
gardens that can be sustained through changes 
in staff and participation. 

Grow: highlights current industry research and 
recommendations for ensuring 
participants’ safety in the garden

 
Harvest: offers a guide to promoting coordination
 and cooperation to ensure the 
safe production of fruits and vegetables

 
 Connect: helps develop communication plans 
to ensure families and community members 
are aware of educational garden opportunities. 


For more information on the Let’s Get Growing series visit the Garden-Based Learning page.


Resources for Engaging Families in Farm Fresh Fridays

Participation by parents and other family members can expand the reach and success of Farm Fresh Friday events. These fliers outline ways to engage more family members in garden activities.

Farm Fresh Fridays: Parent Involvement
Three steps parents can take to bring Texas Farm Fresh to their child’s school.



Farm Fresh Fridays: Participación de los padres
Tres cosas que los padres pueden hacer para que Texas Farm Fresh venga a sus escuelas locales.

Farm to School Planning — The Ready. Set. Go! Approach
This guide provides a blueprint for parents interested in supporting the creation of a robust farm to school program in their child’s K-12 setting.  Parents also will find connections to resources offering ideas, inspiration, and funding for farm to school projects.



Cookbooks and Menu Resources

Cooking for the Seasons: Summer                                 

Seasonal, menu-ready recipes focused on fresh produce available in Texas during the summer months. All recipes have been tested up to 25 servings and analyzed for nutritional value. Education Service Center chefs in regions 10, 12 and 13 created the recipes to help child nutrition professionals use more local foods in meals and snacks. 



Multicultural Recipes for Child Care Centers, Family Day Homes & Adult Daycare Centers

This cookbook contains recipes featuring foods that reflect the cultural diversity of the Lone Star State. Children and adults have tested and approved these delicious and healthy recipes. Look for the Texas icon for foods grown in Texas. 


Sample Menus from Best of the Bunch Winners in 2017
Bryan ISD - Elementary Menu
Lake Travis ISD

NSLW Menu with Recipes
TDA’s suggested menu for National School Lunch Week provides school nutrition inspiration with new recipes that feature seasonally available, local products. Download a copy of the menu and meal component contribution worksheet by clicking the photo. 

Harvest of the Month 

Harvest of the month materials spotlight fruits and vegetables grown in Texas. Posters are designed to be displayed in a K-12 setting.



Downloadable Tools for Planning a Farm Fresh Fridays Celebration

Farm Fresh Fridays offers a great way for schools to incorporate farm to school activities and celebrate Texas agriculture while teaching students lessons about local food. Use these activity inspirations to plan a local Farm Fresh Fridays celebration. 

Farm Fresh Fridays Activities: for students in all grades
Farm Fresh Fridays Activities: for students in grades K-5 
Farm Fresh Fridays Activities: for students in grades 6-12 
Texas Produce Flash Cards 
Unscramble the Texas-grown produce
Build your own seasonality wheel 




Farm Fresh Curricula by Program Type

Click here to access valuable educational materials for teaching students and young children about agriculture and nutrition. These educational materials are organized by program type. Choose a curriculum that is tailored to serve participants all year round or pick from many one day activities for a special event.



Click the icon above to download stickers, buttons and static clings



 


 

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