Urban Farms Grow Healthy Connections for Youth and Farmers


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Chicago, Illinois ( 28.9% Latino) is growing towards healthy connections for students by helping them connect to farmers and healthy foods through their classrooms. More and more schools in the area are allowing students to visit local farms, write to farmers, and learn what it takes to grow and harvest healthy foods as farm to school grows in Illinois.

Programs like Adopt a Farmer, or free curriculums like Seven Generations Ahead are helping students understand the importance of where their food comes from, and what it takes to grow healthy foods. Field trips taken to farms like Angelic Organics Learning Farm, or Windy City Harvest Youth Farm are helping students become the next generation of food leaders.

Farm to School in Illinois is taking off with urban farms and community involvement, helping students not only grow food but learn what healthy food looks like and tastes like. Latino students are more likely to eat healthier foods if they are available, giving tools and access to youth through food and farming education may help Latino students try more healthier foods.

To learn more about efforts in Illinois to connect schools to farms, click here.

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