The Farm-to-table gardening project will teach youth how to grow plants and preserve food for personal consumption or to sell at a farmers market. The pandemic has created an awareness that food shortages are real and the rural communities can sustain with growing some of their own food or purchasing from local farmers. The Burleson farm and TerraCotta B&B can provide a place to teach growing, cooking, and preserving practices to local youth. Involving a team of people to teach gardening, meal planning, and nutritional value of growing your own food with a sustainable outcome.
Project objectives from proposal:
- Increase sustainable farming skills for youth through hands-on experiences.
- Introduce youth to sustainable agriculture careers and various gardening methods through visits to local farms and the farmers market.
- Create a community greenhouse and garden by growing plants from seed.
- Teach students the skill of growing, preserving, and cooking sustainably grown produce.
- Plan a dinner menu with emphasis on nutrition.
- Host a farm-to-table dinner, using the produce grown by participants or local farms.
- Research Ohio Cottage Food laws for future sales of product.
- Share project results through presentations and social media.