• Harvesting and Eating from Your Garden
    Growing edible plants is exciting for students but requires attention to food safety in both the garden and classroom. Find food-safe practices for growing and consuming your garden’s produce.
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    Food-producing school gardens provide opportunities to introduce students to new foods and encourage healthy eating. However, fruits and vegetables can make us sick if soil they are grown in is contaminated, and if we do not handled them properly when harvesting, storing, or preparing them for consumption.

    The links below direct you to information on important garden preparation and food safety practices.
    • USDA/FNS has created a Farm to School toolkit to help you integrate your school gardening efforts with broader initiatives to integrate local produce into school meals.
    • The MDA Farm to School program provides additional resources. MISSING