Students lead the trek to healthy food

June-1-E-Trek-To-Taste-1Students from 15 schools in Vermont and New Hampshire will serve up samples of healthy local food at the June 7 Trek to Taste festival at Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Park, in Woodstock. Students have been studying local food and farms throughout the year, and have been challenged to produce displays about their Farm to School experiences.

The sixth annual free Trek to Taste celebration at Vermont’s only national park involves more than 30 different community organizations, including many schools.

In Vermont, a group of fourth and fifth-graders at Woodstock Elementary have risen to the Trek to Taste challenge by learning how to grow “micro-greens.” Their teacher, Gretchen Czaja, explained: “These are all sorts of vegetables, including radishes, arugula, Swiss chard, and beets.”

“This is our fourth year with Trek to Taste,” she continued. “It really gives the students a chance to dig deeper into local foods.  Each year we take one type of food and look at it in depth. This year we’re working with Carol Stedman of Clay Hill Corners in Hartland learning about how greens grow in tunnels.”

Czaja offered, “Trek to Taste allows the kids to see that other people are interested in local foods, it’s not just us at school – and they love talking to other people about the food!”

Trek to Taste is open to everyone from 10 am to 3 pm and includes family activities, crafts, music, and an ice cream social! In addition to the Farm to School showcase, there will be four other hubs with samples of local food offered by community organizations and area farmers. Guided hikes of different lengths, from easy to hearty, will set out at 10:30am and 12 pm, or participants can venture out on their own on the well-marked trails.

Parking for the National Park is at the Billings Farm and Museum. For full information visit www.TrektoTaste.info or call (802) 457 3368 ext 22.