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Crunch-Time in North Carolina
Crunch-Time in North Carolina
Posted on 10/14/2019
Thanks to the NC Crunch, local apples are crunching loudly in unison across the state this month!By: Benjamin Rickert, BCS Communications

Local apples are crunching loudly in unison across the state this month! With the fresh fruit in season, it’s the perfect time for the North Carolina Crunch — a fun state-wide activity planned during National Farm to School Month. The goal for schools is to coordinate a resounding crunch while learning about nutrition and local agriculture.

“NC Crunch is a celebration of agriculture, healthy eating, and farm to school initiatives!” said local organizer and BCS Nutrition intern Danielle Samelson. “This is an opportunity to get kids excited about eating fresh fruits and vegetables by turning it into an interactive learning experience, all while supporting local farmers.”

On October 7 at Avery’s Creek Elementary, about 600 students and teachers made their way to the playground and crunched their apples in unison while wearing handmade apple-themed hats. Local businesses shared samples of their recipes, a farmer shared apple facts, and students enjoyed taking silly photos in a photo booth! At 10 a.m., everyone crunched into an apple at the same time. The fun event was covered by WLOS news, and gave students the chance to sample all sorts of delicious and nutritious items.

“It’s also a fun way to incorporate food and agriculture into classroom curriculum such as science and art!” Samelson added. 

On the same day, Pisgah Elementary students created "apple print" artwork in the morning and then crunched their apples together by class in the lunch room! On their Facebook page, the BCS Nutrition team assembled photos and videos highlighting the crunching activities at Pisgah, Avery's Creek, and a number of other area schools.

According to the Asheville-based Appalachian Sustainable Agriculture Project, the North Carolina Crunch officially takes place at noon on October 23, though schools are encouraged to participate at any time this month.

Also observed this month is the October 14-18 National School Lunch Week.

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