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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 on Wednesday, October 21, 2020 at noon. 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 and Early Care and Education month, apples grown by local farmers, and healthy eating. Everyone is invited to participate.

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 21st 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’ve created a Crunch Guide with information on sourcing your produce, curriculum connections, social media and press release templates to help you share your Crunch with the local community, and more. We know that the North Carolina Crunch will look different this year–that’s okay! This year’s Crunch Guide includes tips for Crunching during COVID-19. 

Click here to register and join the 2020 Crunch!

You will receive an email with a link to download the 2020 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.

Print Your Own NC Crunch Stickers

Download a PDF template for printable “I crunched!” stickers (Avery Template Number 5293, 1 2/3″ round labels, 24/sheet). 


Are you a farmer or part of an organization that is not in a school? You can still crunch! Here are some ideas for how to get involved.

Whatever activity you do, be sure to snap a picture and post on social media tagged with #NCCrunch and #F2SMonth. Here’s a printable sign to use in pictures. 

 Ideas for farmers to participate in the NC Crunch:

    • Host a Crunch at a farmers market you sell at during October.
    • Visit a childcare center or K-12 classroom or lunchroom and provide a taste test.
    • Host a field trip on your farm.
    • Crunch on the farm with your family/employees.
    • Have a NC Crunch photo booth at your farm for u-pick customers through October.
    • Don’t forget to register your event! (No event is too small to register and you can skip the questions for schools if your event will not be held in a school.) 

Ideas for community members to participate in the NC Crunch:

    • Host a Crunch event at your office or business with your employees.
    • Take a farm field trip to a u-pick apple farm with your employees.
    • Have a NC Crunch photo booth at your office or business.
    • Restaurants–feature a local apple recipe on your menu in October.
    • Don’t forget to register your event! (No event is too small to register and you can skip the questions for schools if your event will not be held in a school.)

If you are in the Appalachian Grown region, reach out to the Growing Minds team, growingminds@nullasapconnections.org, for “I tried local apples” stickers, apple-themed children’s books, apple recipe cards, and help brainstorming other NC Crunch activities.


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