Celebrating Farm to School Month in Gibson County Schools

The recently formed Gibson County Farm to School Team distributed over 700 local apples from Jones Orchard out of Millington, TN to ALL Gibson County 2nd graders for APPLE CRUNCH DAY that kicked off Farm to School Month!

Milan Elementary School’s Ms. Nichole Claybrooks 2nd grade class tasted local apples during Apple Crunch Day 2020 to kick-off Farm to School Month in Gibson County.

“Since the students cannot visit pumpkin patches this year with their classrooms, the Gibson County Farm to School Team thought we could bring some of the farm to the classroom,” stated Lisa Seiber-Garland, School Nutrition Director, and Farm to School Team Leader for Trenton Special School District. 

All 2nd grade students and their teachers received a brown paper bag with a local apple, the benefits of farm to school information sheet, a Local Food Guide Magazine, an apple activity sheet for the children to review in class and take home.

Milan Elementary School student, O’Riley Williamson, took a bite out of a local apple on Apple Crunch Day in Ms. Jennifer Hooker’s 2nd grade class.

“The Gibson County Farm to School Team and Northwest Tennessee Local Food Network is thankful for administrators, teachers, students, parents and farmers for all that they are doing for our communities during this unprecedented time,” stated Samantha Goyret, Northwest Tennessee Local Food Network Farm to School Coordinator.

As part of Farm to School Month, the Trenton Special School District is taking lead on a USDA Farm to School Planning Grant awarded to them in July 2020 on behalf of all 20 schools in Gibson County. Gibson County Farm to School Teams include 30 members from each of the school districts in the county including Bradford, Milan, Gibson County, Humboldt City Schools and Trenton.

“An additional feature of Farm to School Month is the Gibson County Farm to School Team will be offering local sweet potatoes from Steele Plant Company and pumpkins from Todd’s Family Fun Farm along with educational activity sheets to afterschool programs throughout Gibson County towards the end of the month,” stated Garland.

Milan Elementary School student, Charlie Burns, from Ms. Jennifer Hooker’s 2nd grade class had a Taste of Tennessee local apple during Apple Crunch Day to kick-off Farm to School Month in early October

The Farm to School Planning Team is seeking to learn about factors that facilitate and hinder implementation and acceptance of Farm to School programs in Gibson County schools and their communities. Please take 5-10 minutes to fill out their administrator, teacher, parent and farmer questionnaires at nwtnlfn.org/farm-to-school. Community input is vital to this planning process!

Gibson County F2S Teacher Questionnaire (5 minutes)

Gibson County F2S Parent Questionnaire (3 minutes)

Gibson County F2S Administrator Questionnaire (5 minutes)

Farmer Survey (10 minutes)

The Northwest Tennessee Local Food Network, a nonprofit organization, is partnering with the schools to support the planning process. The LFN’s mission is to serve as a catalyst for a thriving and equitable local food system that is accessible to ALL. #FarmtoSchool

~Samantha Goyret
LFN Team Blogger