Last year Family and Consumer Science teacher Karen Redanz wanted to get her students involved in learning what National Food Day was all about. So a group of students did a small event.
This year, the sights are much higher for the students and Redanz as Rocky Hill High School will host a Farmers Market at the high school from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. for the students and faculty.
The students and faculty want people to join a nationwide celebration and a movement toward more healthy, affordable, and sustainable food and start at Rocky Hill High School.
"We are in need of local farmers to support Rocky Hill High School spread the mission of Food Day," Redanz said. "Let’s bring the farmers back to school to educate our youth about the benefits and importance of supporting our local farms."
Farmers Market at Rocky Hill High School
Rocky Hill, Connecticut
10 a.m. to 2:15 p.m.
The event will be held outside the high school weather permitting or in high school gym in case of rain.
"There are different departments at the high school who are all working on certain aspects of the Farmers Market," Redanz said. "The Fashion Dept. is designing re-usable lunch and snack bags. The Culinary Dept. is making snacks. We will also have the band here playing music as many Farmers Markets have musicians playing. It's not gigantic but most of the school will be involved in some way."
Redanz dreams of the future where the event grows large enough to invite the public.
"It's really cool and exciting," she said. "The interest gets bigger and bigger each year. I would love to have the seniors come in and come to the Farmers Market but there are fees and things we have to work through to get there. But for now we are working on getting the farmers and the students and faculty involved. We will also have some dignitaries and the Board of Education attending so we are excited."
There will also be several tables there handing out information. Redanz mentioned a "very-involved" group called "Teens Turning Green" who will hand out information and may have a food sampling.
"We have some very motivated kids who want to make an impact," Redanz added.
For more information on National Food Day click here.
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