Farm To School

In an effort to strengthen the support for farmers and to provide a useful tool for schools, agricultural partners in Alabama have created direct selling opportunities for farmers and a useful tool for schools to search for local farmers.

Alabama Apple Crunch Day

What is Apple Crunch Day?  

Schools across the U.S. show their support for fresh, local produce by crunching into an apple on Apple Crunch Day. The Alabama Farm to School Program invites students, teachers, administrators, and parents to join us on October 21 to show support for local foods.


Due to the COVID-19, this year we will also be featuring a VIRTUAL farm tour. Students will be able to “ride along” with Commissioner of Agriculture and Industries Rick Pate and State Superintendent of Education Dr. Eric Mackey for an informative tour of Scott’s Orchard in Hazel Green, AL. Students will also be able to participate virtually with a look into Scott’s Orchard Apple Lab. In the apple lab students learn about the different varieties of apples, how they grow, and much more.



How to Participate

Register to celebrate National Farm to School Month by taking a bite into an apple on Wednesday, October 21 at 11am (CT). Then join us on the Alabama Farm to School Facebook page for our live event as participants across the state of Alabama all crunch together.

Register your school system, classroom, lunchroom, early care and education program, college and/or hospital to be counted in this year's crunch.



Resources


Apple Unit

Activities with Apples

Apples and Nutrition

Growing Apples

How BIG is the Apple

The Earth as an Apple

Procurement Methods for Child Nutrition Programs

Apple Sauce Recipe


Videos


Virtual Field Trip

Apple Lab 1 (Nutrition)

Apple Lab 2 (Measurements)