Farm-to-Fork Academy Returns to Sacramento State

By Sharon Ito, College of Continuing Education at Sacramento State

The Farm-to-Fork Summer Academy returns to Sacramento State this summer, where high school students dive into the “foodie” experience and learn first-hand how Sacramento has emerged as America’s Farm-to-Fork Capital.

So what exactly is the foodie experience? In the span of a week, kids will follow the food chain, which is a lot more than opening the ‘frig.  They will head to farms and ranches, trace the production and retail process and crack the nutrition code (and see just how much sugar is added to our food).  We’ll show them how to get fresh food into their diets and how to cut down on food waste. And our newly minted foodies will create and present their own fresh food dish.

Now, most of us know the typical farm jobs, but the Farm-to-Fork universe is so much bigger. Kids will learn about agricultural careers that may surprise them, like food scientists, plant geneticists, large animal veterinarians, agricultural lawyers, retail buyers, dieticians and professors.

The Farm-to-Fork Summer Academy will run two different sessions:  July 17 – 21 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., and July 24 – 28 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.  Registration is now underway and seats are still available.

 

For more information, please visit the Summer Academies for High School Students website or call program coordinator Liz Arellanes at 916 278-6249.