Center for Healthy Communities

Farm to School

Harvest of the Month

The Center for Healthy Communities actively promotes the California Harvest of the Month(opens in new window) fresh food and nutrition education curriculum, and works with public schools and libraries in Butte, Glenn, Tehama and Colusa Counties to provide classroom educational materials for teachers and fresh fruit and vegetable “tastings” directly to students.

This program is designed to increase enjoyment and consumption of fruits and vegetables. In order to motivate students to make healthful choices, they are provided opportunities to taste and explore the featured fruit or vegetable of the month during class. Each month, participating teachers and librarians receive food-themed books in order to present stories to the students during their tasting adventure.

Farmer of the Month

The Center adds an extra dimension to its California produce education through its original Farmer of the Month program. A supplemental piece to the Center’s ongoing Harvest of the Month outreach, Farmer of the Month introduces local or regional family farmers that grow each month’s “harvest” crop. In addition, whenever possible the Center buys the fresh fruits, vegetables, and nuts it serves in classrooms directly from farmers, to help support family farms and keep program funds circulating in the community.

The Center creates original videos and print classroom materials—including a monthly newsletter—to help teachers and librarians introduce the Farmer of the Month to their students. Included with a personal farmer introduction are more fun facts about that month’s produce selection, a simple recipe, and an invitation to visit local farmers’ market to meet the farmer. Students have been known to do just that—and even ask farmers for their autographs!

Enjoy the original Farmer of the Month videos produce by CHC.

For more information about the Center’s Farm to School programs contact Sheila McQuaid, CHC farm to Fork Coordinator and Regional Lead for the CA Farm to School Network at

For more information about farm-to-school activities and programs throughout California, connect with the California Farm to School Network(opens in new window)

A student participating in the farm to school program