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Pennsylvania Farm to School Mini-Grant Recipients 2017

T he following schools received mini-grant funding of up to $1,000 through a competitive grant application process to implement Farm to Activities. Funding is provided by the Pennsylvania Department of Education and administered through Project PA.

Highland Elementary School in the Abington School District will conduct taste tests of local foods and expand their current bird and butterfly garden to include raised beds which will be used to grow produce which will be used in the school’s lunches.

Benjamin Franklin Elementary School in Bethel Park School District will conduct taste testing of local foods, go on a field trip to The Samuel and Anna Mae Richardson Community Garden (into which they will add plants that they will begin from seeds in the classroom), and meet with Food Service Director to discuss how locally procured vegetables can be incorporated into the school menu in the fall.

Davis Elementary/Middle School in Centennial School District will take students to visit a farm; will expand the school garden with additional raised beds, a rain barrel, composting and a worm box; and will conduct taste testing of produce from the school garden.

Charleroi Area Middle School in Charleroi Area School District will take a field trip to the Eden Hall Farm Campus of Chatham University. They will also conduct maintenance and renovation of their school garden.

Plymouth Whitemarsh High School and Colonial Middle School in the Colonial School District will work on incorporating local foods into their school nutrition program with the help of Chef Bill Scepansky.

Parks Elementary School in Columbia Borough School District will conduct taste testing of local produce including pears and root vegetables.

St. Luke School of the Diocese of Erie will have kindergarten and preschool students start an indoor garden which will eventually be transplanted to their outdoor garden.

Annunciation B.V.M. Catholic School of Diocese of Harrisburg will start an outdoor garden and hold meetings to discuss incorporating local foods into their school meals.

St. Bernard School of the Diocese of Pittsburgh will conduct taste testing of school garden produce and will start an indoor garden and expand their current outdoor garden.

Bushkill Elementary School in East Stroudsburg Area School District will conduct taste tests of local foods and start an indoor garden which will be transplanted into the outdoor garden. The outdoor garden will also be used as a classroom for STEM students.

Fell Charter School will start a portable hydroponics garden to grow plants and vegetables which will be incorporated into school lunch and snacks.

Global Leadership Academy Charter School–West will conduct taste tests of seasonal and locally grown foods and conduct six field trips to local farms.

Huntingdon Area High School in Huntingdon Area School District will conduct taste testing of local produce as well as renovate and expand their current garden with the addition of aquaponics.

Lackawanna Trail Junior/Senior High School in Lackawanna Trail School District will take students on field trips to a local farm, greenhouse project, and tree farm. They will also start an outdoor garden and expand their indoor garden.

Richard J. Hyde Elementary School in Moon Area School District will conduct taste testing of locally grown produce and educate their students on the items they will be sampling.

North Clarion Elementary School in North Clarion County School District will start an outdoor garden. They plan to harvest the plants to be used in tasted by all the students in the elementary school.

Northwestern Elementary School in Northwestern School District will start an outdoor, raised bed garden to be used for taste testing, school meals, and in the teaching curriculum.

South Middle School and M.M. Seylor Elementary School in Pennridge School District expand their outdoor flower garden into a raised bed produce garden. Items harvested will be used in the cafeteria.

J.R. Masterman School in the The School District of Philadelphia will conduct taste tests of local produce including greens, cruciferous vegetables, and root vegetables. All taste tests will be accompanied by nutrition and gardening education.

Rupert Elementary School in Pottstown School District will start an indoor, tower garden.

Robert Ketterer Charter School of Adelpoi Education Center will start both an indoor and outdoor garden. They plan to use the produce to augment the school meals as well as in class as a teaching tool.

Roberto Clemente Charter School and Roberto Clemente Elementary Charter School in Allentown will conduct taste testing of fresh, locally grown produce with which their students are unlikely to be familiar. Examples include beets, fresh spinach, and fresh salsa.

Wharton Elementary School and Lafayette Elementary School in the School District of Lancaster will renovate their teaching garden. The garden will be used to teach lessons about nutrition.

Sharpsville Area High School in Sharpsville Area School District will install an indoor tower garden system. This will be used both as a learning laboratory and as a source of produce for the lunch menu.

Smethport Area High School in Smethport Area School District will plan and plant an outdoor garden. Produce harvested from the garden will be used in the school meals program.

Edison High School in The School District of Philadelphia will conduct taste testing of local foods, conduct field trips to local farms and a vertical gardening facility, and meet with a chef to discuss ways of incorporating locally grown produce into the school’s meals. They will also start an outdoor vertical garden to grow kales, micro greens, and herbs.

Bartram High School and Tilden Middle School in The School District of Philadelphia will conduct taste testing of locally grown food as well as expand their established garden beds.

W.R. Croman Primary School in Troy Area School District will conduct taste tests of locally produced foods, take field trips to four local produce producers, start a lettuce garden, and work with farmers and a chef to incorporate more locally produced produce into the school nutrition menu.

York Suburban Middle School in York Suburban School District will conduct taste tests of locally produced food items, including different varieties of lettuce, fresh beans, and root vegetables.

H.W. Good Elementary School in Yough School District will conduct a field trip to certified organic farm Morris Farm, as well as expand their garden program to allow for students to harvest and use the produce to produce meals.