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Growing Minds @ WCU: Local Food and Farm to School Education Project


Want to learn to cook and garden with children and teach them about local food and farms?

Through the Growing Minds @ WCU: Local Food and Farm to School Education Project, Western Carolina University students in the School of Teaching and Learning and in the Nutrition/Dietetics Program are observing, assisting, and leading local food cooking classes, farm field trips, farmer classroom visits, gardening lessons, and local food cafeteria taste tests. Activities are happening in K-8 (Cullowhee Valley School) learning labs, as well as in field placements throughout western North Carolina.

Growing Minds @ WCU is a multifaceted interdisciplinary partnership between Appalachian Sustainable Agriculture Project, Western Carolina University, Lenoir-Rhyne University, Jackson County Public Schools, and Mountain Projects. Funding has been provided by grants from the Blue Cross Blue Shield Foundation of North Carolina and the W.K. Kellogg Foundation.

Growing Minds @ WCU integrates local food and Farm to School experiences into undergraduate and graduate courses, programs, and co-curricular experiences for education and nutrition/dietetics students. In addition to direct work with elementary students, university students meet and volunteer with local farmers, learn about locally grown food, and get their hands dirty helping out.

How to Get Involved
Growing Minds @ WCU is open to Western Carolina University sophomores, juniors, and seniors majoring in education or nutrition/dietetics. Required trainings are held at the beginning of each fall and spring semester.


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