On June 2, Niagara Catholic hosted a special lunch at Hollo Maple Farms in Pelham, to showcase and celebrate the Board’s Healthy Eating program. This program is a collaboration with Hollo Maple Farms, Niagara Parks, Project SHARE and other community agencies. Our Specialist High Skills Major (SHSM) students in Horticulture and Landscaping, Hospitality and Tourism, Health and Wellness, Construction, Non Profit and Justice each have an important role in this program, as they are introduced to the Farm to Table concept.
The different groups of SHSM students have been learning, and continue to learn, a variety of skills within the Farm to Table concept, as it relates to their SHSM sector; such as using heavy equipment to break ground and cultivating the land by hand, planting the first seedlings, building structures, harvesting, processing, cooking and baking and serving. By immersing students in this project, they gain a broader understanding about the hard work involved in produce farming, and promotes eating local fruit and vegetables. Students also learn the various dishes that can be made, thus promoting healthy foods.
This program was funded by a Ministry of Education Healthy Eating grant, which allowed us to continue and expand our Farm to Table program.
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