Local Food Tasting to be Held at Dorset School
Fourth graders at The Dorset School, with the support of local farmers organized by the Northeast Organic Farming Association (NOFA), are planning to tantalize your taste buds. On Wednesday, June 5, from 5:30 to 7 p.m., the School’s gym will offer fresh food samplings from local farms, including Yoder Farm in Danby, Harwood Homestead in Pownal and Dutton’s in Manchester. The student’s work in producing, planning and promoting this event, overseen by fourth grade instructor Holly Hjelt, is part of the the School’s participation in a two-year Farm-to-School United States Department of Agriculture Grant Project. The grant has allowed The Dorset School to explore on-farm education to focus on the region’s agricultural history and local food production. Hjelts’s fourth grade class Science curriculum was integrated with multiple farm visits with their farm partners, Ryan and Rachel Yoder of Yoder Farm.
Dorset is one of six Vermont school communities building stronger connections to their local farms through education and local purchasing. According to the 2010 VTFEED evaluation (Vermont Food Education Every Day), students who report knowing a farmer are more likely to report that they eat (or exceed) the American Dietary Guideline recommendations for fruit and vegetable consumption. This illustrates the wisdom in the USDA’s ‘Know your Farmer; Know your Food!’ campaign can change food choices and eating behaviors.