Farm to School came to the New Albin second graders this spring. The students learned and tasted four different foods grown and produced in Northeast Iowa.
The youth learned about grains while sampling popcorn from Trout River Produce in Decorah, and tasted local honey on wheat bread from the bakery. The dairy lesson included a blind taste testing of a variety of cheese from WW Homestead while they learned about the cow’s one stomach with four compartments.
The most engaging lesson was focused on beef. The second graders had thoughtful questions on how the animals are raised to how they end up on our plate. Beef sticks from the City Meat Market in New Albin were also a hit!
The program was funded by a mini grant from the Allamakee County Community Foundation. Becky Rea, K-12 Program Coordinator with ISU Extension and Outreach in Allamakee County delivered the lessons with help from the Iowa Food Hub and NE Iowa Food and Fitness Initiative.