Representatives from Titan Farms taught first-grade students at Lakewood Elementary School in Fort Pierce, Florida, about agriculture and peach-growing practices.
South Carolina-based Titan Farms Sales Account Manager Sandra White, along with Florida peach farmer Adrian Morales from Riverside Citrus Harvesting, teamed up to teach students how peaches are grown.
The community education opportunity came to “fruition” when the Farm to School Specialist for Child Nutrition Services at St. Lucie Public Schools invited Titan Farms into their classrooms as a tie-in to serving peaches on their school menu. According to Principal Dianne Young, Lakewood Elementary is one of the poorest schools in the country, making this presentation even more impactful.
“The students showed a lot of enthusiasm,” said Morales. “They were very eager to learn, asking question after question. They were so enthusiastic, which made sharing our knowledge with them even more meaningful as we believe it is important for all children to know where and how our fruits and vegetables are grown. Educating a young generation of children about food sources can help them and their parents make important healthy choices in grocery stores and their everyday diets.”
During Titan Farms’ presentation, students were also able to sample peaches grown right in their county.
“This education presentation was truly a one of a kind experience,” said White. “It’s not every day that you get to talk to students who are genuinely interested in learning about peaches and growing practices. I hope that there are more opportunities like this in the future. We love our peaches and it is very encouraging to see the new generation get excited about eating healthy produce!”
Florida peaches are available for two more weeks as they lead into the South Carolina peach season.
Based in Ridge Spring, South Carolina, Titan Farms is the premier grower, packer and shipper of more than 3 million boxes of fresh peaches, broccoli and bell peppers annually.