Chartwells K12 and WFISD Support Local Farmers During Farm to School Month

WICHITA FALLS (KFDX / KJTL) – As we approach October, Chartwells K12 and the Wichita Falls Independent School District are supporting local farmers during Farm to School Month.

WFISD and Chartwells K12 Executive Chef Carrie Richardson talk about Farm to School and why it’s so important.

“The farm to school month increases our availability, which we are offering in schools, for example, we will be presenting Morath Orchard lettuce,” said Richardson. “So it’s a little different lettuce than what they normally see, colorful peppers, they’re super bright and colorful and crispy and it’s just a different variety than what they see on their normal daily menu. “

“We really like supporting our local farmers, obviously because of the volume we have where we can’t 12 months a year and because of the availability we have here,” said Richardson.

And marketer Emily Kincaid said it also teaches students the importance of supporting local farmers and their families.

“We want students to make the connection between the food they eat and the impact it has,” Kincaid said. “Eating locally has many advantages: first of all, the food tends to be more nutritious. [and] it is also easier for the environment.

Kincaid said it doesn’t hurt to be in line with the overall purpose of Chartwells K12.

“Our mission is to serve happy and healthy, so I think you can never start too early to educate young people about the impact they have with their food choices and I think it will benefit them as well. that to our community for a long time to come, ”Kincaid said.

Kincaid and Richardson hope parents will join efforts to instill these values ​​in their children.

The first discovery kitchen starts at 11:00 am on Saturday morning downtown at the farmer’s market. It’s gonna last 15 minutes, and the other starts at 11:30 am.

Children aged three to twelve are invited to prepare blueberry parfaits.