MSAN partners with FoodCorps to manage two Farm-to-School programs in Lafayette County. We believe that everyday people should be the architects of a just food system, so we work to build local leadership from the ground up. Through cooking classes, school/community gardens, and supporting local sourcing for school lunches, we hope to cultivate in children a lifelong love of healthy food.
The FoodCorps program at the Boys and Girls Club in Oxford meets three times weekly after school. In addition to planning, planting, and maintaining our garden in the backyard, we have a weekly cooking lesson where we practice new kitchen skills, learn how to use the produce from our garden, and enjoy some delicious meals!
Visit our Facebook page for more pictures, recipes, and volunteer opportunities!
We also appreciate in-kind donations of items on our wish list. Please email Robert.Raymond@FoodCorps.org if you have a contribution.
FoodCorps partners with Lafayette High School to bring Farm-To-School education into the classroom! From biology to nutrition to FFA, we support projects and lessons that give high schoolers hands-on experience growing, preparing, and learning about the food system. We plan to expand our efforts in 2015, and are proud to have been selected as a recipient for a Whole Kids Foundation School Garden Grant.
Visit our Facebook page for more pictures and information on the Lafayette School District Garden!
MSAN is proud to recognize the work of other farm-to-school initiatives right here in Lafayette County!
Good Food for Oxford Schools is an initiative of the Oxford School District to improve cafeteria menus and simultaneously educate students and their families. GFOS leverages Farm to School principles to bring local farm produce into school cafeterias that serve more cooked-from-scratch and fresh menu items, as well as leading lessons in the classroom and in school gardens!
Willie Price Lab School at the University of Mississippi features a permaculture garden and outdoor activity space, designed by Mississippi Ecological Design. The garden is now maintained by students in coordination with the UM Office of Sustainability.
Every Tuesday and Saturday, find MSAN at the Oxford City Market leading kids activities at the Busy Bee Children’s Tent. Come plant a seed, weave a wildflower crown, go on a market scavenger hunt, and make friends! We plan a different activity every week, so come see what we’re up to.
Magnolia Montessori– a non-profit, independent school offering an authentic Montessori experience for children ages 14 months to 12 years- has just signed on UM graduate Ben Piñon as the school’s Director of Food and Sustainability Programs. Piñon will be preparing lunch for both the children and the faulty and staff at the school, while also educating the children on the importance of being aware of what they’re eating.