Allan Hancock Faculty in Santa Maria is sponsoring College students for Eco-Training and Agriculture’s Santa Barbara County Little one Wellness Initiative.
Based on a information launch, this system conjures up kids to eat wholesome by including regionally grown Santa Barbara fruit and veggies to their food plan to assist thrust back childhood weight problems that would result in diabetes.
The aim is to boost $40,000 that may go towards the acquisition of a colourful, vegetable-themed Farm Contemporary Cell Classroom van that may journey to Santa Barbara County faculties as a part of SEEAG’s Little one Wellness Initiative.
Santa Maria berry growers Rancho Laguna Farms and Titan Frozen Fruit every contributed $3,500 towards the van.
“Agriculture is the center of Northern Santa Barbara County and an important a part of our profession teaching programs at Allan Hancock Faculty,” mentioned Kevin Walthers, the Allan Hancock Faculty superintendent/president. “We’re comfortable to assist SEEAG proceed its vital mission of training younger college students in our neighborhood about native agriculture and wholesome consuming.”
The Little one Wellness Initiative started in Santa Barbara County this yr. The free program was first launched in 2017 in Ventura County.
Greater than 60 faculties and eight,000 third-grade college students take part every year. At the moment the wellness program is held by way of Zoom. Most of the collaborating faculties are designated Title I, with 50 p.c or extra of their college students enrolled in free or lowered lunch applications.
“We get college students captivated with consuming a rainbow of colourful greens containing important vitamins that assist their thoughts and physique,” mentioned Mary Maranville, SEEAG’s founder and CEO. “Higher consuming habits are so essential since weight problems charges amongst kids are as excessive as 25 percent in some communities. We will’t wait to roll out the brand new van and start in-person studying.”
SEEAG is holding a reside on-line public sale from 5:30 to six:30 p.m. March 25 to boost extra funds for the Farm Contemporary van and the Wellness Initiative. A web based silent public sale will happen March 23 to March 25.
Public sale objects embody farm-to-table dinners, weekend getaways, wine tastings, restaurant and vineyard reward playing cards and reward baskets.
For extra info, go to hancockcollege.edu.
— Gerry Fall