Fall roasted ratatouille recipe made from Pocono Organics ingredients that was served to students in September 2023

Pocono Mountain is Bringing Farm to School

  • In October of 2022, our Chartwells K12 team was awarded funds to use at our K-8 school as part of the PA Farm to School Grant. We have been working hard to bring seed to table at all 5 of our district's elementary and intermediate schools this past school year. Our Farm to School Program has been designed with student engagement in mind.

     

    According to the PA Department of Agriculture, "The [Farm to School] program aims to bridge the gap between children and the food system by connecting them to the fresh, healthy food available from Pennsylvania agricultural producers in their community and the surrounding areas. Through changing food purchasing and education practices at schools and early childhood education sites, children will become more aware and engaged with their local food system as well as empowered to leverage their own consumer influence to support Pennsylvania agriculture."

     

    We have used grant funds to...

    • Purchase organic produce from our local farm, Pocono Organics
    • Feature menu items made from local produce, such as margherita pizza, cucumber tomato salad, and fall ratatouille
    • Coordinate education from a Pocono Organics farmer, including an in-person visit to one lucky school and a short video available to all (see below!)

     

    When viewing your school's Nutrislice menu, look out for our custom Farm to School icon to see when we're serving foods made from local produce!

Margherita pizza made with fresh basil from the Farmshelf.