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Nutrition Education and Produce Safety Resources
Nutrition Education

The resources below include a variety of materials that can be used to help educators meet the nutrition education requirement for FFVP.

Texas Seasonality Wheel Texas Seasonality Wheel - Use this tool to identify the seasons and growing regions that match your favorite fruits and vegetables.
Texas Harvest of the Month Texas Harvest of the Month - Harvest of the Month materials spotlight fruits and vegetables grown in Texas throughout the year. Incorporating Harvest of the Month into your Farm Fresh activities provides an opportunity to focus on a specific fruit or vegetable each month, allowing children to try and learn more about each item.
Farm Fresh Video Player Farm Fresh Video Player - Head over to the Farm Fresh video player to help students learn more about Texas agriculture and the role of fresh, local food in a healthy and active lifestyle.
Farm Fresh Learning Guide
Farm Fresh Learning Guide - This resource includes hands-on activities, educational videos, learning guides and curricula on topics like agriculture, cooking and nutrition, and gardening.
Let’s Get Growing Let’s Get Growing - Note: FFVP funds cannot be used to purchase seeds, equipment, or other school garden inputs. However, FFVP funds can be used to purchase produce from school gardens. School gardens are also an excellent setting for providing nutrition education lessons.
USDA FNS Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program Toolkit USDA FNS Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program Toolkit - This toolkit includes a variety of resources on nutrition education and encouraging children to eat more fruits and vegetables.
100 Fruits and Vegetables 100 Fruits and Vegetables - An extensive list, with photos, of interesting fruits and vegetables that may be new to your students.

Texas Farm Fresh Network

The Farm Fresh Network is an online tool that allows school nutrition professionals to search for local producers across Texas who are interested in selling their products to schools. The listings provide location, contact information, delivery radius, products, and the months in which those products are available.

 The Farm Fresh Network

Produce Safety
Produce Safety Resources Produce Safety Resources - Visit the Institute of Child Nutrition produce safety page to access resources including fact sheets and training videos for assessing, storing, handling and serving produce in schools.
Give it a Good Wash! Give it a Good Wash! - Review these cards for information about why it’s important to wash produce and how to wash, store, and handle produce correctly. Available in English and Spanish.
Clean it before you eat it Texas
Clean it before you eat it Texas - These videos provide tips for safely handling fresh produce before serving and eating it.