Farm to School and Nutrition Education Activities for Youth and Families

Can’t leave home but still want to connect with local food and farmers? OSU Klamath Extension is offering activities online for elementary age youth and their families at https://workspace.oregonstate.edu/klamathfood.

The program launches this week but students and their families can join anytime through June 12th, 2020. All activities are free, some require registration as supplies are limited. Sign up to receive “week at a glance” to view weekly features. Students are encouraged to complete online activities each week and be entered in a drawing to eat at local restaurants.

For more information visit https://workspace.oregonstate.edu/klamathfood,  OSU Klamath County Extension facebook page, e-mail janice.schooler@oregonstate.edu or call 541-883-4582. According to Patty Case, Family and Community Health Program coordinator, “We had a whole menu of activities slated to launch in the elementary schools after spring break like growing greens, visiting a farm and hatching chicks. We plan to provide these learning experiences, just in a different way so they can be available to even more youth in our community.”

Grow it, cook it, like it! At-home club for 3rd graders. Participate in weekly activities like meet a local farmer, cook a recipe, grow a plant, watch chicks hatch and do cool experiments. Helps kids learn where their food comes from and who grows it. Supplies and prizes included.

Art contest for kindergarten thru 6th graders. Create an art piece representing a food grown in the Klamath Basin. Win prizes and have your entry displayed at Klamath County Fair. Two submission deadlines: May 4 and May 29, 2020, enter one or both.

Wellness connection for elementary school age youth and their families. Interactive games and activities with a different theme each week such as kitchen & food safety, MyPlate sandwich challenge, eating from the garden, let’s cook breakfast, rethink your drink, milk for mighty bones and food hero bingo.

And don’t forget about our FoodHero.org website. It’s loaded with healthy and tasty recipes, cooking tips, videos and kid-friendly activities for home.  You can sign up for Food Hero Monthly or connect with other Food Heroes by commenting on recipes or following on social media (Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, Twitter or YouTube). Food Hero is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week in English and Spanish and its all FREE!

This program is funding in part by ODE Farm to School grant, USDA Farm to School grant, SNAP-Ed and Food Corps.

About OSU Extension: The Oregon State University Extension Service shares research-based knowledge with people and communities in Oregon’s 36 counties. OSU Extension addresses issues that matter to urban and rural Oregonians. OSU Extension’s partnerships and programs contribute to a healthy, prosperous, and sustainable future for Oregon.

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