If your spring or summer 4-H program includes gardening and/or improving access to fresh produce, check out this state resource available to educators and volunteers interested in focusing on Wisconsin harvests.
Harvest of the Month is a statewide campaign that encourages students to eat more fruits and vegetables. The primary audience for the campaign are classroom teachers and/or cafeterias; however, the information can be used while planning a 4-H gardening project and/or seasonal produce exhibit at the Fair.
Seasonal produce information and activity guides are available for:
- Autumn: apples, winter squash, broccoli, cranberries, and kale
- Winter: carrots, sweet potatoes, cabbage, beets, and potatoes
- Spring: greens, asparagus, sweet peas, lettuce, and radish
- Summer: tomatoes, peppers, summer squash, corn, and cucumber
Research shows the many benefits of the Harvest of the Month campaign:
- encourages kids to try new fruits and vegetables
- increases the amount of fruits and vegetables students eat
- reduces food waste
- grows school meal participation
- supports Wisconsin farmers and local economy
To access Harvest of the Month materials, visit https://healthyliving.extension.wisc.edu/programs/harvest-of-the-month/