About the Louisiana Harvest of the Month Program
The Louisiana Harvest of the Month program showcases locally grown foods in Louisiana schools, institutions, and communities. Each month, participating sites focus on promoting one locally grown item (e.g., strawberries). Activities could include serving local items in a meal or snack, offering taste tests, featuring posters around the school, or teaching food education to help students get to know the featured item.
Louisiana Harvest of the Month is the perfect way to launch or grow a farm to school program. It provides an easy framework that stands alone, or use it to enhance the work you already do!
Join the Program!
Ready to get started? Build your farm to school community using Louisiana Harvest of the Month! Sign up your classroom, your school, or your community group. Participating sites will receive a free complete set of our posters, seasonality chart, and “I Tried It!” stickers.
Who can join? Teachers, food service professionals, extension agents, after-school coordinators, retail managers, parents, farmers, and community members.
If you are interested in jump-starting or boosting your farm to school program, join us in celebrating Louisiana Harvest of the Month!
“Louisiana Harvest of the Month gives real life experiences to the students while teaching healthy lifestyles."
- S. Toups, St. Mary Parish
"Louisiana Harvest of the Month is a great way to expose kids to different types of food and learn about Louisiana produce."
- T. Kelly, Iberville Parish
Let’s get cooking!
Conducting taste tests in the classroom or cafeteria is a great way to help students become adventurous eaters. Share recipes with parents to bring Louisiana Harvest of the Month to life at home!
Recipes are available for home-based meals in yields of 4 and in institutional settings when serving 50 or more. Open up the Cafeteria tab for USDA standardized recipes for child nutrition programs. All of our recipes are kid-tested and kid-approved – sure to be family favorites!