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The Shawnee News-Star
  • Shawnee public schools get recognition

  • Shawnee Public Schools received national recognition for their Farm to School program, in part with Crow Farms.


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  • Shawnee Public Schools received national recognition for their Farm to School program, in part with Crow Farms.
    Family-owned Crow Farms and Shawnee Public Schools were featured in first lady Michelle Obama’s book, “American Grown.”
    The book highlights farms and gardens across America promoting healthy eating.
    Claudia Crow was interviewed about the Shawnee Farm to School program for the book.
    This program, funded by a grant, helps not only to ensure proper nutrition for the students, but also helps to teach the students about their nutrition.
    Crow said her farm helps feed and teach the children about nutrition, food and where the food comes from.
    Featured in the book was a project in which each student was provided one pie pumpkin, grown at Crow Farms. The students were allowed to take the pumpkins home to use for recipes and students were allowed to roast the seeds for use at school.
    Normally the students aren’t allowed to take the foods home, but they received special permission for this project, Deborah Taylor, director of Shawnee School Nutrition Services said. Crow said she enjoys going to teach the children about farming.
    “I love it,” she said. “So to me, it’s an honor.”
    Crow said she teaches the children where the foods come from, how they grow, she tells them about her farm, and takes questions.
    “To me it’s not a job,” she said.
    Crow said she hopes that teaching the new generation the proper foods to eat will help cut down on obesity, diabetes and other problems that come with not eating right.
    “If we don’t teach them then they’re never going to eat right,” she said.

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