SAFFFE Children’s Mission

The Children’s Program will be used to inspire students of all ages to become food advocates and environmental stewards of their community while becoming strong advocates of SAFFFE. Through experiences, they will understand the importance of Saving our Family Farms From Extinction.We will always need family farmers, who care for the land and understand the value of being the providers of healthy produce, to feed our future local communities. The youth will become the main driving force to compel their parents to buy produce only from grocery stores that source from local family farms during harvest season.

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Protecting our family farms and farmland for future generation can only be accomplished if the mission also includes providing ways to help children experience a continued connection with land. Individuals who have played a roll in growing and harvesting of vegetables are more likely to eat them!

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Currently, most children cannot identify various vegetables and do not know where their produce comes from other than the grocery store produce department!

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Lack of fresh food, while eating more processed food, has put children’s health at risk. The Center for Disease Control (CDC) estimates one out of three children born in the 2000s will develop Type 2 diabetes. Shockingly, this may be first generation to have a shorter life expectancy than their parents!

 

 

http://www.letsmove.gov/sites/letsmove.gov/files/TFCO_Challenge_We_Face.pdf

We, at SAFFFE, are developing a Child-to-Farm program based at our local sustainable family farm!

 

This Farm Program will inspire young people (and children of all ages) to discover good nutrition through thoughtful, direct experiences with seasonal fruits and vegetables, on the farm and in the kitchen.

The smaller farm property will include examples of:

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  • Row-crop vegetable production using water conservation and sustainable processes.

  • Hydroponic greenhouse demonstrations of growing tomatoes, herbs, kale, greens and other vegetables using natural predators and recycled closed water system.

  • Hydroponically grown wheat grass and sprouted edible seeds using no pesticides and organic methods. 

  • Many varieties of Fruit trees showing local tropical fruit.

Through these programs, children come to understand what food is, how it is grown using different farming techniques and, perhaps most important, that they themselves can choose to grow, make and eat good food for their own bodies.

Slow Food Miami has created a specific committee that is committed to the program of providing school classes with the connection and opportunity to visit the farm for this experience.

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Our SAFFFE Children’s Program will allow our youth to explore the farming experience in their community, whether in an urban or rural setting. It will help them understand the different growing knowledge needed for tropical versus northern production of fresh fruits and vegetables.
A program will be designed which includes an experiential education model (i.e. doing, reflecting, and applying). The farm team will involve participants in gardening and tasting experiences that build knowledge and understanding through a process of inquiry and reflection.
With the help of volunteer chefs and fresh food advocates, this program can be part of a growing movement to transform the way nutrition is taught. The instruction will follow the “rainbow on your plate” philosophy that promotes a diet incorporating a diverse set of colorful whole foods. This approach ensures that our students learn to eat a balanced diet.

“The physical and emotional health of an entire generation and the economic health and security of our nation is at stake.” First Lady- Michelle Obama

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