District 215 farm-to-table program sees success
by Jane Bokun, District 215 Communications Director
LANSING, Ill. (October 5, 2017) – Culinary programs are becoming well known in community high schools, but TF South High School has taken food freshness to the next level.
The school received funding from the Cook County Farm Bureau® Cookfresh® Community Urban Garden Grant Program to buy seeds, plantings, and garden materials that allowed Thornton Fractional students to take their vegetables from farm to table.
“The children planted fruits and vegetables and took ownership of their products,” said District 215 Superintendent Dr. Creg E. Williams. “We wanted to use plant-based learning and wellness initiatives to teach our students how to have a healthier diet.”
Along the way, students also learned about new foods. The harvested fruits and vegetables were used in TF North and South cafeterias. Additionally, TF South’s foods are used to aid the Lansing Food Pantry.
About 75 students participate in the yearly garden project, including students in carpentry, culinary arts, biology, and special education.
TF South High School is located at 18500 Burnham Avenue in Lansing. For more information about the district’s farm-to-table program, visit www.tfd215.org or contact Jane Bokun, District 215 Communications Director, at 708-585-2345 or firstname.lastname@example.org.