Students to learn about local, healthy food from students

Wednesday, October 17th , 9:30am-11:30pm
Food What farm at Life Lab on the UCSC Farm

On Wednesday, 300 students from public middle + high schools from Santa Cruz County will gather to learn about their local food system, see where their food comes from on the farm, as well as learn how to eat healthier food by adding veggies to their meals. The twist? The instruction, as is the entire event, is led by students. Their goal is straightforward: help “youth in our community understand the importance of a well-balanced and tasty life”.

View the Harvest Festival experience in action in this video.

The youth at “Food, What?!” think it is important that more students should get involved in understanding their Local Food System, have an enjoyable farm experience, and create a personal connection with organic farming and healthy food. They will host three hundred students this year who will enjoy a multitude of stations from tasting to harvesting to hands on activities. This event will include favorite stations like Apple Pie Making, Hayrides, Shuck your own Popcorn, Food Systems Workshop and many more. The Harvest Festival is always an entertaining, joyful, and instructive event.

This event is organized and led by “Food, What?!” (a program of Life Lab) in close partnership with the Wellness Committee of Santa Cruz City Schools and the UCSC Farm and Garden. Event planners for 2012 are José Camarillo, Santa Cruz High and Victoria Pozos a recent Pájaro Valley High School graduate.