Farm-to-school programs

Our school cafeterias are giving students the opportunity to enjoy nutritious food grown locally. The Farm Fresh Friday and Harvest of the Month programs take place to support healthy lifestyle habits and teach students about agriculture and the local farms their foods come from.

Farm Fresh Friday

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The Texas Department of Agriculture created the Farm Fresh Friday initiative to connect Texans all across our state to agriculture and our local farmers and ranchers.  The Farm Fresh goal is to increase awareness of the integral role agriculture plays in our lives and improving wellness in our community.  Every Friday, our cafeterias will feature a Texas-grown menu item.

When students make the Farm Fresh choice they support the hardworking producers across our state and help improve the local economy.

Harvest of the Month

Each month a different locally grown fruit or vegetable option is available in our cafeterias. Agricultural fact sheets teach students about the products and farms of Texas. We hope to increase the amount of fruits and vegetables that students are eating.

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National Farm to School Month

October is National Farm to School Month, a time to celebrate the connections happening all over the country between children and local food.

Garland ISD is celebrating by offering fresh Texas produce throughout the month of October. Watch for a fresh selection of yellow squash, gala apples, red potatoes, and sweet potatoes in your school cafeteria. Our very own Chef Anna has developed a variety of tasty menu items using ingredients direct from Texas farms.

For more information about the National Farm to School Network, please visit the  Farm to School website.