|Pat Lanni of Lanni Orchards in Lunenberg, MA speaking to a student|
While most schools were on summer break this past July, the Perkins School for the Blind in Somerville, MA was still in session and held it’s first Farm-To-School fair. I’ve never been to a farm-to-school fair before. While I was there as a volunteer greeter, I was also there to watch and learn.
Holding a Farm-to-School Fair is one way to introduce a school community to local agriculture and generate support and interest for farms to work with schools.
At Perkins, students, staff, and parents sampled just-picked cucumbers and tomatoes with basil puree; they tasted juicy peaches, blueberries and golden raspberries; they sipped on cool mint tea while making mint tea bags at the Hands-On Herb table.