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Programs promoting
ition is catching on
fresh fruit and veggies in
said, and when they go home
they ask their parents for
schools are growing fast.
receive a fresh fruit or
The schools involved
vegetable snack twice a week,
By Judie Steeves
every other week with
griculture simply doesn’t exist in
suggested lesson materials
B.C.’s school curriculum, despite
that include the advice that
eating the recommended
provincial economy and as a provider of
its importance both in the
amounts of fruit and
sustenance for the body.
vegetables improves health
as well as children’s ability to
the school curriculum, whether or not
But, it depends on how you interpret
local agriculture can be used as a tool
for teaching children about more than
the importance of choosing
Other messages include
Lindsay Babineau admires Tony DiMaria’s
just food, according to Lindsay
local produce, about B.C.’s
choice of ties at B.C. Fruit Growers’ Association
Babineau, executive-director of the B.C.
agriculture industry and the
annual meeting.
Agriculture in the Classroom
importance of washing the
produce, and hands, before eating.
Wherever possible, all the produce is expanded program went out this spring,
A request for proposals for the
lunch for this year’s B.C. Fruit Growers’
She was guest speaker at the wind-up
grown in B.C. so growers who can meet the program’s
Association annual general meeting,
specifications are invited to respond.
and talked about the many programs
a significant customer for tree fruit
So, she said, the program is becoming
put on by the foundation, now involving
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thousands of students around the
The British Columbia Agriculture in the Classroom Foundation (BCAITC)
government-supported School Fruit
The most rapidly growing is the
is requesting proposals from B.C. growers and processors to provide fresh
and Vegetable Nutritional Program, a
fruit and vegetable products for the BC School Fruit and Vegetable
collaboration with ActNow B.C. and the
Nutritional Program. The program is part of ActNow!BC – a provincial
ministries of Healthy Living and Sport,
government initiative to improve the health of the province’s children and
Education and Agriculture.
their families.
Deadline for proposals is Friday, March 27.
run in 739 schools, it’s expected to
Although the program currently is
nearly double next year.
quickly,” commented Babineau.
“I never thought it could grow so
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other provinces and states are watching,
She said the program is one that
to implement in their jurisdictions.
children; to reduce the incidence of
It’s designed to improve the health of
obesity and diabetes.
with these healthier products,” she
“We’re trying to replace junk food
actually making a difference,” she
“We’re creating a program that’s
healthy snacks such as apples, plums,
The program involves distribution of
small cucumbers, carrots, oranges,
pears and tomatoes during class time,
with the teacher “modelling” enjoyment
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of the snacks for students, to encourage
them to enjoy them too, she explained.
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students in a class eating the snacks, she
Peer pressure generally gets all the
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British Columbia FRUIT GROWER • Spring 2009
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