healthy eating

Clara the Farmer Visits the Classroom!

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Last week, 200 Mark Twain Middle School students attended our Farmer in the Classroom program and were treated to a visit from Clara, of Tutti-Frutti Farms, located outside of Lompoc. Clara brought all kinds of fruit and vegetables from her farm; carrots, tangerines, avocados, squash, white and sweet potatoes and more, and taught us through stories and photographs just how their organic farm works to grow and distribute their delicious produce. She also helped explain how important the nutrients from all fruits and vegetables are for our health. Specifically, Clara explained the health benefits of the carrots from her farm; how each carrot contains a high amount of vitamin A, which helps our eyes, skin, and brain. She brought carrots for all to taste, along with tangerines, and students happily munched on these organic goodies. Students had an opportunity to ask Clara questions. Most were curious about whether she liked being a farmer. She loves it and invited students to think about becoming farmers themselves!

More Kale, Please!

UCLA Interns help blend smoothies with yogurt, juice and bananas after harvesting kale from the garden with students. After initial hesitancy on the addition of kale and requests for "just an orange or something", 100% of the students finished the entire cup. A zero waste day and introduction to the health benefits and good taste of kale! Special thanks to Whole Foods for donating the smoothie ingredients!

Salad With a Side of "Wonder"

Thanks to Harvest of the Month from the Nutrition Education and Obesity Prevention (N.E.O.P) program our teachers were able to feed a fresh salad to hundreds of students on Friday, with many coming back for seconds. Here, students are enjoying salad while reading the novel, Wonder.