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North Carolina Crunch

Join the state of North Carolina in celebrating National Farm to School Month by crunching into a locally grown apple at NOON on Wednesday, October 10, 2018.  Participants of all ages are invited to crunch!

Across North Carolina, kids and adults will be crunching an apple that is available from a local farm in October. This event is about uniting together to celebrate North Carolina agriculture, National Farm to School month, apples grown by local farmers, and promoting healthy eating!

The North Carolina Crunch promotes healthy eating and supports farm to school and other local food purchasing initiatives throughout the state. It’s also a fun way to connect food and agriculture to all kinds of classroom curricula – from science to art! Of course, if you are unable to participate on October 10 or exactly at noon, we still encourage you to plan a Crunch event anytime during October’s National Farm to School Month festivities.

Ready to start planning your Crunch? We have created a Crunch Guide with information on sourcing your produce, ways to connect to curriculum, a press release template to help you share your Crunch with the local community, and more!  

Click here to register and join the Crunch! You will receive an email with a link to download the Crunch Guide upon submission of the form.

PLEASE NOTE: The registration form is a Google Doc. If you cannot access it, please contact the Growing Minds team at (828) 236-1282 to sign up.

After the Crunch, submit your event(s) for recognition! The NC Farm to School Cooperative is sponsoring a contest to recognize early care and education sites and K-12 schools for their promotion of North Carolina fruits and vegetables during October. This year, the top 3 entries in each site category (early care and education sites and K-12 schools) will be awarded with gift cards, which can be used to support nutrition education and promotion (1 st place – $250, 2nd place – $150, 3rd place – $100).



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