Fiesta de la Huerta

  • Location
    Los Angeles, California
  • Status

The Problem

The wish for this project is increasing the amount of vegetables and fruit eaten by elementary school children, in spite of the challenges of living in "food deserts" with little access to fresh food. An additional barrier is that low income families cannot afford to waste any food, so they are less likely to risk getting vegetables and fruit, that their children might not eat. Research shows that the greater diversity of vegetables children try, the greater the quantity of vegetables they eat as teenagers. Our students have one experiential garden lesson a month incorporating writing and science, and one nutrition lesson where they gather fresh produce from the garden. If a student does not like a recipe, she articulates what she doesn't like, and suggests modifications to the recipe. The recipes are sent home with the students.

Our Plan

Fiesta de la Huerta is a fair, combining food from award winning chefs, gardening activities, and craft activities. Entire families come to enjoy the fair. This is our main chance to interact with the parents, and directly show that their children are interested in eating vegetables and fruit. This will be accomplished in the food booths, and in some of the gardening stations (such as smoothies at the Bike Blender). We can also talk directly to the parents about how their children generally really enjoy the nutrition recipe days, and how to use the recipes.

Themes Addressed

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    Community Enhancement
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    Food Choices
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The Benefit

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