WHAT’S FOR LUNCH?
Check out the lunch menu. In each blank write
what part of agriculture each food item comes
from and if it’s a fruit, vegetable, protein, grain,
Chicken nuggets: _________________________________
Smashed potatoes: _______________________________
Carrots, lettuce, and tomatoes: ___________________
Fresh peaches: ___________________________________
BE WELL WHEN YOU EAT WELL!
What do you know about making healthy food choices?
One tool to help you make good decisions is MyPlate.
It’s a healthy eating guide from the United States
Department of Agriculture (USDA). MyPlate shows you
how to divide your plate for a healthy meal. It gives
details about each of the food groups: vegetables,
fruits, grains, proteins, and dairy. It also shows how
much of each you should eat. MyPlate reminds us to:
• Eat smaller portions
• Eat lots of vegetables, fruits, and whole grains
• Change up the proteins you eat
• Include lots of calcium-rich foods
CHECK YOUR MENU!
Which of these is a better choice and WHY?
DRINK _____orange pop _____water or milk
MAIN ENTRÉE _____nachos with taco meat and cheese sauce
_____chicken whole grain tortilla wrap with veggies
SIDE _____raw vegetables _____fried mozzarella sticks _____french fries
DESSERT _____chocolate cake with frosting _____fresh strawberries _____chocolate chip cookie
HEALTHY PARTNERSHIPS: SCHOOLS, FOOD, AND YOU!
LITCHFIELD PUBLIC SCHOOLS-
FRUITS, VEGETABLES, AND PROTEINS
The students at Litcheld all work together to
produce fruits and vegetables for their cafeteria.
They have a community greenhouse and garden
and have grown more than 25 different fruits
and vegetables. Students in grades 1-12 go to
the greenhouse/garden at least once a week to
care for the produce. They learn about planting
and watering, nutritional needs, and the science
applied to growing plants. When it is time to
harvest, the vegetables and fruit go to the
cafeteria for students to eat. Students love to
eat what they grow!
Protein is important in our diet—we often eat
it in the form of meat. Litcheld students also
get fresh, locally grown beef on their lunch
trays. The school participates in the Nebraska
Beef to Schools program where local cattle
producers donate an animal to be butchered
and processed. This year, they are expanding to
include a donated pork program too!
Litcheld students have also grown kohlrabi, swiss chard,
and bok choy. What do you know about these vegetables?
A tower garden is a vertical, aeroponic system that can grow 20
plants in about three square feet without soil. Why do you think a
tower garden is a good way to raise vegetables?
BLUE HILL-TOWER GARDEN
The Blue Hill agricultural education
program has a greenhouse and a
tower garden to grow produce for
their school cafeteria. They grow
carrots, lettuce, spring mixes, and
radishes which go on the school
salad bar. This year they added
broccoli and strawberries. High
school students teach elementary
classes about the greenhouse and
tower garden. Elementary students
make the connection that the
vegetables they eat at lunch are
grown at their school. And everyone
enjoys eating the fresh, healthy
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