VIPER — The Chef-Ann Foundation awarded Perry County’s Farm 2 School $25,000. The grant is used to teach students in all 10 schools about fruits and vegetables. Recently, Farm 2 School visited Viper Elementary to give them a lesson about fruits and vegetables.
Farm 2 School Coordinator Liberty Campbell said many of the students have not been exposed to the fruits and vegetables. This surprised her because of eastern Kentucky’s ties to agriculture.
Campbell said bringing the fruits and vegetables to each school allows the students to have new experiences and a chance to learn how to eat healthily.
“The students try it and are surprised,”said Campbell.
She mentioned an encounter with students who told her that they didn’t like sweet potatoes, even though they have never tried it. After trying it, the students involved said they all enjoyed the taste of sweet potatoes.
This time around, Viper students learned about blueberries, cucumbers, and peaches.
Farm 2 School also tries to take requests from students on what they would like to try. Next time Farm 2 School visits the school, they will try and bring the requested fruits and vegetables.
The students also learn facts about the fruits and vegetables, such as if it grows on trees, on bushes, on vines, or planted in the ground.
Viper is the third school Farm 2 School has visited. They previously visited William and Leatherwood Elementary. Their next stop will be East Perry.
Besides educating students, Campbell said the programs also help put money back into the local community. A lot of the projects require Farm 2 School to purchase produce from Kentucky base products. Last year alone Farm 2 School’s put $100,00 back into the local economy.
TJ Caudill is a reporter with The Hazard Herald and he can be reached at 606-629-3245.