USDA's Farm to School Grant Program Enables Schools to Bring Healthy, Locally-grown Food to the School Cafeteria

Last Updated: October 29, 2014

The STAR School, a participant in the Farm to School Grant Program, is bringing healthy, locally-grown food into the school cafeteria and teaching students about healthy eating through hands-on experience in their own school garden. The STAR School is located on the edge of the Navajo Nation in northern Arizona and is solar and wind-powered, completely off the grid.

Through the USDA's Farm to School Grant Program, for example, STAR School students have harvested items such as corn from the school garden and later used their harvested corn to make Navajo bread. Besides providing hands-on experience in school gardens, these lessons have also reinforced students' knowledge of traditional foods and culture. In recognition for their efforts, STAR school students were in invited to participate in the fall harvest of the White House Kitchen Garden, held in Washington, D.C. on October 14, 2014.

To learn more about these grant opportunities, please visit: USDA's Farm to School Grant Program

For more detail on the STAR School's Farm to School achievements, please go to: The STAR School Shines with Farm to School Efforts

To learn about this year's White House Kitchen Garden Harvest, please visit: Garden to Table: The Fall White House Kitchen Garden Harvest

For information about the STAR School's 3-to-Third Math Project, please visit: Arizona School Using Culture and Innovative Math Project to Boost Student Success or Rural School Innovations Webinar: The STAR School