Harvest for Students Week is an annual celebration of Massachusetts agriculture sponsored by Mass. Farm to School. Now in its 8th year, Harvest for Students Week is celebrated at schools and colleges throughout the Commonwealth and is a great launching pad for Mass. Farm to School’s year-round Harvest of the Month Campaign.
Harvest for Students Week 2014: September 29 – October 3
Mass. Farm to School encourages all schools in Massachusetts to identify a time to celebrate the local harvest during the month of October (which is National Farm to School Month)! To kick off the month we’ve set aside September 29th – October 3rd as Harvest for Students Week 2014, but will be happy to provide support for your school celebration anytime during the month, or throughout your participation in our Harvest of the Month Campaign. Across the state, school nutrition and dining services staff, teachers, students, farmers, and public officials will celebrate in many ways. We provide a variety of resource materials, help schools and colleges find locally grown products, promote farms and schools in the media, and encourage new schools and colleges to participate. Celebrate the harvest at your school and share your story with the community!
- A week of special menus – feature a locally grown food on each day.
- Create an all-local lunch.
- Invite a farmer, school official, college dean, or legislator to lunch. Use our step-by-step guide to plan your event.
- Serve produce from a student farm or school garden.
- Have a community harvest dinner.
- Provide local snacks or share recipes at parents’ night.
- Organize student visits to a nearby orchard or farmers market.
- Have a pear or heirloom apple taste-testing.
- Ask students to create Harvest for Students Week art or music and decorate the cafeteria.
- Take photos of students with their favorite local fruit or vegetable.
- Have a local food recipe contest for your staff and offer a gift certificate to a local farm stand as the prize.
How are you celebrating locally grown in your community? Share your story here!
We Can Help You
- Source locally-grown food direct from a farm or through your distributor
- Plan celebratory activities
- Promote your local foods activity to students, parents, and the media
We would love to see photos of your Harvest for Students Week event! Please email images to Katie Rubinstein
Successful recipes featuring local foods developed by and for food service directors in Massachusetts. For K-12 Schools
- Corn and Pepper Medley
- Tofu and Broccoli Fried Rice
- Red Cabbage and Apple Slaw
- Vegetarian Chili
- Spinach and Cheese Quesadillas
- Sauteed Kale with Ginger and Soy
- Chopped Veggie Salad with Watermelon and Feta
- Portabella and Corn Chow Chow
- Tomato Basil Bruschetta Topping
- Roasted Butternut Squash Salad
- Pumpkin Bisque
- Grilled Corn and Applewood Bacon Chowder
Download this handout for step-by-step instructions for organizing a taste test or give a morning announcement during Harvest for Students Week. There’s also a recipe handout and a fun vegetable matching game to send home with students.
Harvest for Students Week Activity Guide View and Download »
Sample Press Release
Adapt this sample press release to include your school’s activities. Submit to local media outlets to raise awareness about your Harvest Week activities.
Sample Press ReleaseView and Download »