Children gather outside to learn in an outdoor garden. They study and tend to the plots, watching each other work. 

They also get a chance to work with farm animals like chickens.

These activities are all a part of the Georgia Farm to School Farm program, which helps connect farmers and their foods to local school cafeterias. 

School systems like Oconee County Schools have adopted the program, which has been developed as a partnership between the National Farm to School program, the Georgia Department of School Nutrition and other state agencies.

All 11 of the public schools in Oconee County participate in this program. 

The schools help students maintain school gardens, where they can engage in the aforementioned activities. 

As well, the schools all source foods from local and state farmers and take students on field trips to local farms and agricultural events, like Ag Day at the University of Georgia. 

For more on this story, see the Aug. 1 edition of The Oconee Enterprise, on sale now at convenience stores and grocery stores and newspaper boxes throughout Oconee County. To subscribe, call (706) 769-5175 or visit the tab on our website. 


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