Farm To School
Prince William County School Food and Nutrition Services is actively seeking opportunities to bring fresh, locally grown produce to our school cafeterias. The past 4 years, our cafeterias partnered with Portwood Gardens in Dayton, Virginia to serve locally grown, hydroponic, bibb lettuce. The freshly harvested dark green, leafy lettuce provided more lutein, beta-carotene, potassium, iron and calcium than regular iceberg lettuce, without the stronger taste of some other dark greens. Over the past 3 years we also brought in a large variety of other local produce.
This September look for the lettuce, as well as locally grown cantaloupe, corn, cucumbers, nectarines, peppers, squash, tomatoes and watermelon. In October and November, we are making plans to obtain Virginia apples, broccoli, fall squash and sweet potatoes. In the spring, we anticipate serving local blackberries, blueberries, sugar snap peas, raspberries, cherries and strawberries.
Incorporating local products into our menus gives our students the opportunity to enjoy nutritious fresh fruits and vegetables, while learning about the seasonality of foods and how foods are grown.
Our farmers are featured below:
In September, we will bring in fresh, local corn for our second annual second grade corn husking contest! Second grade students will learn about the edible parts of plants, then cheer each other on as they race to shuck the corn, which will be cooked and served in their cafeteria that Friday!
Prince William County Public Schools' Nondiscrimination Policy can be found here.
In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA.
Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g. Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.), should contact the Agency (State or local) where they applied for benefits. Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339. Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English.
To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, (AD-3027) found online at: http://www.ascr.usda.gov/complaint_filing_cust.html, and at any USDA office, or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992. Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by:
(1) mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture
Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights
1400 Independence Avenue, SW
Washington, D.C. 20250-9410;
(2) fax: (202) 690-7442; or
(3) email: [email protected].
This institution is an equal opportunity provider.