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About Louisiana Harvest of the Month Program

The Louisiana Harvest of the Month (LaHOM) program showcases Louisiana grown foods in Louisiana schools, institutions, and communities. Each month, participating sites focus on promoting one locally grown item (e.g., winter squash) by serving it in at least one meal or snack and displaying or distributing LaHOM materials. Additionally, schools participate by offering taste tests to students and doing educational lessons and activities. Louisiana Harvest of the Month is a perfect way to launch or grow a farm to school or farm to cafeteria program, as it provides an easy framework to follow and ready-to-use materials. Participating sites will receive a free packet of materials (includes cafeteria, classroom, and LaHOM handouts and posters) as well as guides, additional resources, and training.

Joining the Program

Do you want to start Harvest of the Month at your school or institution?
Louisiana K-12 schools and afterschool programs that are registered can access all monthly materials included in printed packet, on a jump drive, and emailed to team members. Posters can be ordered by contacting us. Louisiana K-12 schools and afterschool programs can register at anytime of the school year to participate in this program free-of-charge.Registrations will be accepted throughout the school year.

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How You Can Participate

  • Gather your team and register for LaHOM today! Your team should include at least two people, such as a food service staff member, administrator, and educator or provider.
  • Find and integrate the LaHOM foods in at least one school meal or snack per month. The Cafeteria Bites handouts include standardized recipes, cooking tips and menu templates that make it easy to showcase LaHOM foods. You can also incorporate the LaHOM foods into your existing recipes or feature on the salad bar.
  • Involve parents and community members. LaHOM is a perfect way for parents or other community members (such as Master Gardeners, LSU Extension Agents, college students, non-profit organizations, ranchers, farmers, food businesses, grocery stores, etc.) to be involved. Send recipes and Harvest at LaHOM handouts with students to share with parents.
  • Display the posters in the cafeteria or on a bulletin board. Additional posters are available for order.
  • (Schools and Early Care and Education) Conduct at least one LaHOM lesson each month. The Classroom Bites handouts include a lesson plan for elementary-aged audiences, recipes, fun facts, cooking tips, and children’s book ideas. Coordinate with food service staff so LaHOM activities occur before the item is served in a meal or snack. The most effective lessons are ones that include a taste test or a cooking project, but start small and make it manageable for the whole school year. Additional lessons, educational standards information, and guides are available for registered sites.
  • (Schools and Early Care and Education) Conduct taste tests to help students become adventurous eaters. Sites should conduct at least one taste test in a cafeteria or classroom each month and submit voting results using the Tried It, Liked It, Loved It voting system. Use the Taste Test Guide to set up a taste test system that works for you.

Materials and Resources

Getting Started


Monthly Materials

Louisiana K-12 schools and afterschool programs that are registered can access all monthly materials (access information included in printed packet and emailed to team members). Posters can be ordered by emailing Sydney Melhado at smelhado@agcenter.lsu.edu. Louisiana K-12 schools and afterschool programs can register at anytime of the year to participate in this program free-of-charge.

Register Here


Guides and Other Resources


Current HOM Schools

Parish School or Organization
Assumption Assumption Parish Head Start
Bossier Bossier Elementary School
Meadowview Elementary School
R.V. Kerr Elementary School
Caddo North Caddo High School
Caldwell Union Central Elementary School
East Baton Rouge Apex Collegiate Academy
Baton Rouge Center for Visual and Performing Arts
Bernard Terrace Elementary School
Impact Charter School
Park Forest Middle School
Merrydale Elementary School
Zachary High School
Iberville Iberville Elementary
Iberville Parish School Board
Jefferson Green Park Elementary
Lafayette Lafayette Parish School System Child Nutrition Services
Livingston Denham Springs Freshman High
Juban Parc Junior High
Madison Madison Parish School Board
Tallulah Charter School
Orleans Bricolage Academy
Élan Academy
Little Professor Child Development Center
Mary D. Coghill Charter School
Mildred Osborne Charter School
St. Michael Special School
Ouachita Boley Elementary
Magnolia Lights
Monroe City Schools
Rapides Louisiana Special Education Center
Richland Richland Parish School Board
St. Bernard
W. Smith Elementary
St. Landry Academy of the Sacred Heart, Grand Coteau
St. Martin
Stephensville Elementary
St. Tammany Florida Avenue Elementary
Pontchartrain Elementary School
St. Tammany Parish School Food Service
St. Mary JS Aucoin Elementary
Tangipahoa Chesbrough Elementary School
Natalbany Middle School
Terrebonne Houma Junior High
Vermilion James A. Herod Elementary School
West Baton Rouge
Chamberlin Elementary School
Special Groups
Eat, Move, Grow
Louisiana Team Nutrition

Training and Workshops Coming Soon!

Finding Local

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Buyer Registration Tutorial

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What's in Season?

Publication ID: P3265A

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) meal patterns for the National School Lunch Program and School Breakfast Program include five subgroups of vegetables that count toward daily and weekly vegetable requirements. These subgroups are based on the recommendations of the 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans. The subgroups are dark green, red/orange, beans and peas (legumes), starchy and other.

Louisiana Farm to School Program
Louisiana State University AgCenter
231 Julian C. Miller Hall
Baton Rouge LA 70803

Crystal Besse
Louisiana Farm to School Program Director
(225) 578-1037
clrobertson@agcenter.lsu.edu

Louisiana Farm to School is made possible through an inter-agency agreement between Louisiana State University AgCenter and Louisiana Department of Education Division of Nutrition Support, and funded through the United States Department of Agriculture.


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