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Ventura County Harvest of the Month

Studies show that healthy eating and daily physical activity have a profound impact on the body and mind by improving the ability to learn and comprehend, boosting energy, improving school attendance and changing attitudes, behavior and more. Harvest of the Month provides resources to support healthy food choices through increased access and consumption of fruits and vegetables as well as encourage daily physical activity. It supports core curricular areas through exploration and study. Harvest of the Month presents an opportunity to bring together the classroom, cafeteria, home and community to promote a common goals and healthier habits for students, especially those in low resource schools.

Figs1 Figs - Figs 7 Interesting Facts About Figs:   Although considered a fruit, the fig is actually a flower that is inverted into itself. The seeds are drupes, or the real fruit.   Figs are the only fruit to fully ripen and semi-dry on the tree.   Read More  »
INVITE_Front Farm-to-Table / Kids-to-Farms - May 9th Farm Dinner Save the Date this fun-filled event will include: COCKTAIL RECEPTION showcasing gourmet food stations on the lawn with FARMERS and VINTNERS and live Latin guitar FARM DINNER 3-Course Rustic Mediterranean Cuisine prepared by Chef Tim Kilcoyne Live Entertainment &   Read More  »
Save the Date Kids to Farms Fundraising Dinner - Don’t miss out on this fabulous evening at the CAMARILLO RANCH including: COCKTAIL HOUR 3-COURSE MEDITERRANEAN MEAL prepared by Chef Tim Kilcoyne Live Entertainment,   Read More  »
unnamed Harvest of the Month – Kabocha Squash - Kabocha Squash   What is Kabocha squash? A relative newcomer to the US squash scene, Kabocha squash (pronounced kuh-boh-cha) is a hard winter squash available from late fall to late spring. Its hard, dull,   Read More  »
unnamed-1 Harvest of the Month: Kale - EAT KALE   Move over Popeye and make room for the “queen of greens,” kale. Gaining in popularity, kale is an amazing vegetable being recognized for its exceptional nutrient richness, health benefits, and delicious flavor.    Read More  »
unnamed-2 Harvest of the Month: Tomatoes! -   Tomatoes Grown Inside An Aquaponics Green House Using Nutrient Rich Clay Pebbles Tomatoes are widely known for their outstanding antioxidant content, including, of course, their often times-rich concentration of lycopene. Researchers have recently found an important connection between lycopene,   Read More  »
unnamed-8 Harvest of the Month: Carrots! - Carrots and Vitamin A Vitamin A is a fat-soluble vitamin, which means it can be stored for long periods of time in your body. Vitamin A is an antioxidant that helps to keep the body safe from free radicals.   Read More  »
unnamed-4 Harvest of the Month – Lemons - Harvest of the Month   Harvest of the Month Lemons A glass of lemon juice contains less than 25 calories. It is a rich source of nutrients like calcium, potassium, vitamin C and pectin fiber. It also has medicinal values and antibacterial properties.   Read More  »
March 2014 - Strawberries March 2014 – Strawberries - Spring has officially sprung! With all the wonderful selections of fruits and vegetables this season has to offer, we decided to highlight the deliciously sweet Strawberry as this months Harvest of the Month. Reasons to Eat Strawberries: A 1⁄2 cup of sliced strawberries (about 4 large strawberries) provides: An excellent source of vitamin C* –more than 80% of the recommended Daily Value: A source of fiber and folate.   Read More  »
unnamed-2 November 2013 – Onions - REASONS TO EAT Onions: Because they taste great! Onions not only provide flavor, they also provide important nutrients and health-promoting phytochemicals. High in vitamin C, onions are a good source of dietary fiber, and folic acid.   Read More  »
pumpkins October 2013 – Squash - REASONS TO EAT SQUASH: An excellent source of vitamin A (butternut, hubbard, and pumpkin. A good source of vitamin c (acorn, butternut, hubbard, and pumpkin) A good source of fiber (acorn, butternut, and hubbard) A good source of potassium (acorn,   Read More  »
Grapes - Harvest of the Month September 2013 – Grapes - GRAPE FACTS Grape Origins Spanish explorers introduced the fruit to America about 300 years ago. Grapes Are Berries! Yes, grapes are a kind of berry. They have a leathery covering and a fleshy inside,   Read More  »
tenderloin August 2013 – Tenderloin Roast - Research shows that beef is a vital source of protein, iron and many other important nutrients that sustain a healthy diet. In fact, calorie-for-calorie it is one of the most nutrient-rich foods to fuel an active and healthy lifestyle.   Read More  »
rasberry2 July 2013 – Raspberry - Raspberries are one of the world’s super foods! Red Raspberries contain strong antioxidants such as Vitamin C, quercetin and gallic acid that fight against cancer, heart and circulatory disease and age-related decline. They are high in ellagic acid,   Read More  »
Jalapeno Peppers June 2013 – Jalapeno Peppers - With 109 mg of vitamin C, one jalapeno provides more than a day’s worth of this important nutrient. Vitamin C is essential to healthy tissue repair, and it acts as an antioxidant to help with immunity and to fight the effects of aging.   Read More  »
cucumber May 2013 – Cucumbers - Health benefits of Cucumbers: It contains no saturated fats or cholesterol. Cucumber peel is a good source of dietary fiber. It is a very good source of potassium. Cucumbers contains unique anti-oxidants in moderate ratios such as ß-carotene and α-carotene,   Read More  »
strawberry_thumb April 2013 – Strawberries - Strawberry is low in calories (32 kcal/100g) and fats but rich source of health promoting phyto-nutrients, minerals and vitamins that are essential for optimum health. Strawberries have significantly high amounts of phenolic flavonoid phyto-chemicals calledanthocyanins and ellagic acid.   Read More  »
Beans March 2013 – Beans - Beans are intricately woven into the fabric of human history. The first ‘permanent cultures’ evolved when hunter-gatherers and nomadic people began tilling the earth and developing systems of agriculture, and beans were among the first cultivated crops.   Read More  »
pixie February 2013 – Pixie Tangerine (Mandarins) - The Pixie tangerine was developed by Howard B. Frost at the University of California Citrus Research Center at Riverside in 1927. The Pixie is a result of open pollination of Kincy mandarins (Kincys are a hybrid between a King Mandarin and a Dancy Tangerine).   Read More  »
emily Friend’s Ranch, Grower Spotlight - Mary Maranville speaks with Emily Ayala from Friend’s Ranches in Ojai, CA   Read More  »
celery January 2013 – Celery - Celery is ranked 5th in Ventura County’s top crops at a value of $154 million. Celery’s high water content and fibrous nature mean that it is great for those who like to snack without gaining weight.   Read More  »
Fuyu Persimmons - November Harvest of the Month November 2012 – Fuyu Persimmons - The persimmon is a deciduous tree, adaptable to a wide range of soils and climates and immune from most diseases and insects. Although the trees can withstand temperatures as low as zero degrees when fully dormant,   Read More  »

The objectives of Harvest of the Month for students is to increase their: Access to fruits and vegetables through school meal programs, classrooms, school gardens, farmers’ markets, grocery stores, community gardens, etc. preference for selected produce items through classroom activities, such as taste testing, cooking in class and school garden activities, and through menu offerings in the school meals program, participation in daily physical activity and understanding of why it is important, knowledge of and familiarity with California grown fruits and vegetables and the rich agricultural bounty of the State. Harvest of the Month is comprised of four key monthly elements: Educator Newsletters, Family Newsletters, Menu Slicks and Press Release Templates.

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