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October 16 is Dallas ISD Farm Day at the Fair

Dallas ISD, Dallas County Extension and The State Fair of Texas are teaming up to host Dallas ISD Farm Day at the Fair – a learning excursion that raises awareness and stresses the importance of agriculture to urban youth. This event coincides with National School Lunch Week and National Farm to School Month. Farm Day at the Fair kicks off at 9:30 a.m., Wednesday, October 16, in the Tom Thumb Sales Pavilion at Fair Park.

Dallas ISD Farm Day at the Fair includes:

  • Welcome comments by Dora Rivas, Executive Director –Dallas ISD Food and Child Nutrition Services. Rivas will welcome students to Dallas ISD Farm Day at the Fair and introduce Dallas ISD’s Harvest of the Month program.
  • An overview of USDA’s Farm to School Initiative by Bill Ludwig, Regional Administrator-USDA FNS Southwest Region. Ludwig will share the connection between local foods, improved child nutrition and local economies.
  • Ask the Farmer, hosted by Brandon Sides with Sides Pea Farm, Canton, TX. Sides will answer questions about farm life.
  • Learning excursion through the livestock area by Daryl Real, Vice President – State Fair of Texas Agriculture/Livestock Department.

Dallas ISD is taking the Texas Department of Agriculture challenge to use more Texas products. Many items will be displayed through the event, courtesy of Hardies Produce.

According to Rivas, “In Dallas ISD there are several ways we are connecting students to local foods, including school gardens, Harvest of the Month program and featuring Texas produced items daily on our school menu. We are excited about Dallas ISD Farm Day at the Fair with Dallas County Extension and the State Fair of Texas.”

Students in grades second through fourth from Margaret B. Henderson Elementary, Celestino Mauricio Soto Jr. Elementary, Thomas L. Marsalis Elementary and John Q. Adams Elementary will be participating in Dallas ISD Farm Day at the Fair.