The Mykawa Farm Food and Agricultural Literacy Center is a labor of love made possible by HISD’s dedicated Nutrition Services Department. Mykawa Guardians hosted two classes from Young Elementary School and Attucks Middle School for a fall harvest festival to celebrate a successful planting season.
Students were invited to participate in different activity stations, including a cooking demonstration by chef Brittany Jones and a walk through the rows of ripe, ready-to-harvest vegetables.
Mykawa Farm is a working educational farm whose goal is to enable students to understand where their food comes from and how healthy products can benefit them in their daily lives. Since its inception during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, Mykawa Farm hasn’t had many opportunities to host students for in-person field trips, but nutrition services staff hope this visit will be the first of many more to come.
As the weather grew colder and Halloween approached, the Mykawa Farm team saw an opportunity to bring multiple campuses together for a day of nutrition literacy and sustainable agriculture education. “We hope they learn to love the outdoors, learn a little about composting, learn a fun recipe, learn a little about nutrition and can plant vegetables,” said Nan Cramer, Director of Nutrition Services. .
The students were also able to witness the life cycle of the products grown there in fast-track: planting spinach plants, harvesting products and learning how to use these products to prepare a healthy snack in a single day.
Harvest Festival organizers ensured there was time for fall fun and invited students to paint mini pumpkins and participate in a scavenger hunt where they searched for small pumpkins filled with fun prizes.
The more students can associate sustainable agriculture with fun, the closer the Food and Agriculture Literacy Center is to achieving its goal of creating food security for all HISD students.