October was National Farm to School Month, and students, educators and nutritional staff in Alaska celebrated the month. Many students participated by taking taste tests of Alaska Grown products, conducting nutrition education activities in the classroom, visited farms, harvested their school gardens and much more. Alaska Farm to School designated each week in October with a particular Alaska agriculture focus. To see the focus of each week and the coordinating materials, scroll toward the bottom of this page. Alaska also celebrated with an indigenous food focus on each Wednesday of each week.
Week 5: Fruits of Alaska (Oct. 29 -Nov. 3)
In our final week of National Farm to School Month we learn about the Fruits of Alaska. On Tuesday, we focus on Strawberries (you haven't had a strawberry until you've had an Alaska Grown Strawberry). On Wednesday we learn about the indigenous fruits we have, including Salmonberries. On Thursday we take a closer look at Apples and how growers are finding the right kinds of apple varieties that can thrive in our challenging environment.
Week 4: Fish of Alaska (Oct. 23 -27th)
This week we learn about the Seafood of Alaska, including shellfish which are apart of aquaculture. On Tuesday, we focus on Halibut of Alaska which is also Local Food Lunch Day! On Wednesday we learn about the indigenous fish we eat, Alaska Salmon, and on Thursday we take a closer look at the Shellfish of Alaska.
Week 3: Leaves of Alaska (Oct. 16 -20th)
This week we learn about all the amazing ways we can use the leaves we grow in Alaska. For instance, did you know you can harvest the leaves on broccoli and cauliflower, and add them to your cooking for additional nutrition and taste? Enjoy exploring the Leaves we eat in Alaska! On Tuesday our Agricultural Focus will be on Alaska Grown Cabbage. On Wednesday we learn about the indigenous leaves we eat with a focus on Alaska Fiddlehead Ferns
Week 2: Meats of Alaska (Oct. 8 - 14)
Celebrate Week 2 with an agricultural focus on the meats we eat in Alaska. We have farmers throughout the state raising Alaska Grown pigs, cows, chickens, elk, reindeer, and bison just to name a few. Download Meats of Alaska for information and ideas you can share in the classroom. On Tuesday, October 10th we will focus on Alaska Grown Pork. On Wednesday we celebrate the indigenous meats we eat with a focus on Alaska Caribou. On Thursday we focus on Alaska Reindeer.
Week 1: Tubers and Roots of Alaska (Oct. 1-7)
Celebrate Week 1 with an agricultural focus on Tubers and Roots! Download this .pdf for information you can share in the classroom, recipe ideas and much more : Tubers and Roots of Alaska
On Tuesday, October 3rd we celebrate with Alaska Grown Potatoes, a crop that can be grown almost anywhere in our diverse and sometimes harsh environment. Learn more about Alaska Grown Potatoes !
On Wednesday, October 4th we celebrate the indigenous tubers and roots we eat with Eskimo Potatoes. Click on EskimoPotatoDay for more information!
On Thursday, October 5th we celebrate with Carrot Day! Click on this link for more information about Alaska Grown Carrots