Programs

 Programs

​​​​​​​​​​Our nutrition education program is built around the Harvest of the Month (HOTM) which celebrates the seasonality of local foods. Watch for HOTM posters in cafeterias, harvest ​collector cards for our elementary students and local produce on our menu and salad bars each month.

We host nearly ​​200 nutrition education programs each year including:​

  • Tastings - provide an opportunity for students to try samples of our menu items and HOTM featured produce.

  • Rainbow Days - introduce elementary students to the salad bar while teaching healthy fruit and veggie choices and portion control.

  • Chef Demonstrations - engage secondary students with a sensory approach to our lunch menu and encourage them to try new foods.

  • Calendar and Poster Art Contests - show what local food means to our kids.

  • Iron Chef Competitions - offer our students the opportunity to cook what they want to eat for school lunch.

  • Farmer Visits - enable students to meet BVSD farmer partners who grow the beautiful produce for our salad bars and lunch menu.

  • Farm Field Trips - provide hands on experience for students to learn about farm operations, where food comes from and how it is grown.

  • Harvest Festivals - celebrate local food and connect students and their families with BVSD garden and farmer partners.

  • Harvest of the Month - c​ultivates student knowledge local, seasonal foods.

  • Garden as a Classroom Curriculum - access resources, tips and tools to start or maintain a school garden and incorporate it into curricula. 

​​​​BVSD's Farm to School education/marketing elements are posted and available for public view and downloading on the Chef Ann Foundation’s “The Lunchbox” website at www.thelunchbox.org​​.​​​
"​We love the Farm-to-School Program, and we really enjoy how much our son loves the lunch and is willing to eat it happily."​