Exam: Columbia Outdoor Classrooms bring agriculture and healthy foods to elementary students

Oct 20, 2014

  It’s harvest time in Mid-Missouri and students at some Columbia Public Schools are getting the opportunity to learn about the science behind their favorite foods. These new lessons are thanks to a partnership with the Columbia Center for Urban Agriculture.

Columbia students are doing their own growing with the Center for Urban Agriculture’s Outdoor Classroom Program. At least eight different elementary schools are hosting their own version of the program this year. KBIA’s Brady Finn visited Benton Elementary School to see how students are using the school’s greenhouses to make new discoveries about agriculture.

The Outdoor Classroom Program isn’t the only way Columbia Public Schools have encouraged kids to learn more about local foods. A local chapter of the international organization Slow Food has been making its own efforts to connect kids to their vision of good, clean and fair food. KBIA’s Ashley Reese reports on how the “Harvest-of-the-Month” program is bringing local food and farmers to Columbia classrooms.