Friday, August 3, 2012

Strawberry-Peach Fruit Leather

While it is important to teach student where their food comes from, we also want to instill in them the importance of eating healthy.  This simple recipe is a great snack to share with students and parents and is delicious to eat!

Strawberry-Peach Fruit Leather

2 Cups Certified SC Strawberries
2 Certified SC Peaches
1 tsp. Lemon Juice
2 tsp. Agave

Preheat the oven to 200 degrees.

Puree fruit in a food processor.  Add in lemon juice and agave, blend until smooth.

Line two baking sheets with parchment and spread the mixture on baking sheets.

 Bake for 4 hours; checking every 30 minutes. When finished let cool and then cut into strips.

Thursday, August 2, 2012

How to Grow Potatoes in a Bucket

What do you think about growing Potatoes in a Bucket?

The School Garden program offers a lot of ideas and teachers have done such a wonderful job with getting their students involved in gardening. We have a great idea for this upcoming year that we are sure students will love: growing potatoes in a bucket! This is a great excercise to teach them how potatoes grow and will be an easy, fun way to harvest! You may also want to use this video that teaches the process through a fun and catchy song! Good luck!

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

From Field to Fair

The South Carolina State Fair is introducing a new program, From Field to Fair, designed to educate, entertain and motivate consumers about the wonders – and the profound importance – of agriculture in South Carolina. Children are a large target within this program and will have the opportunity to become "Ambassadors of Agriculture."  With parental assistance, they can download and print off a Passport to Sustainability. In order to fill their passport with stamps, children must complete all 15 agricultural themed games on the From Field to Fair website.  At the completion of each game, they will be provided with a printable certificate with a cut-out to place in their passport. 

Once the passport has been completed bring it to the SC Department of Agriculture's exhibit at the SC State Fair (October 10-21, 2012) to be initiated.  Each child will receive a blue ribbon, a special picture and will get to participate in hands-on activities within the exhibit. 

This is a great program designed to connect children, and adults, with the source of their food and the process it takes in getting it to consumers.  So many people have been disconnected from this process.  Take part in "From Field to Fair" to learn more about South Carolina Agriculture and the importance it plays within our State!