Angela Haglund of New Milford recently completed the Plow to Plate Youth Chef Advocacy Program.

To cap off her experience, the New Milford High School sophomore created a collaborative, child-focused advocacy project.

Angela teamed up with Kindercare Learning Center and Sullivan Farm to teach 16 multi-age children and their teachers about local farms and the food they grow.

Plow to Plate's Youth Chef Advocacy Program is a five-month long program open to middle- and high-school aged students.

Its purpose is to educate the community's youth about current food systems, conventional and local, and their implications in terms of personal health, environmental health, local economy and land preservation; expose them to working local farms, meet the farmers and harvest produce; learn basic culinary skills necessary to create and serve meals centered around seasonal, local ingredients; and advocate within the community for sustainable and local food systems that foster health, preserve farmland, support the local economy and respect the life cycle from plow to plate.

Angela first treated the children and staff at Kindercare to an informative PowerPoint presentation about our area's farms and the benefits of buying and eating local food. Next, participants were bused to Sullivan Farm, where farm manager Joe Listro spoke about what the farms grows and why farms are an important part of the community.

Mr. Listro then led the group through the planting fields where the children dug, picked and tasted carrots, string beans, purple potatoes and cherry tomatoes.