By Brenda Young
John R. Wooden High School

Teacher Stephanie Darling, left, along with student Bryson Wesley and Kindred Spirits volunteer Jessica Due work the tomato patch at Wooden High School.

If you’re looking for a free, fun and healthy lifestyle activity for you and your family in a unique location, join us at National Food Day, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 24, at John Jr. Wooden High School, 18741 Elkwood St., Reseda.

San Fernando Valley LAUSD schools, John R. Wooden High School and Blythe Elementary School, in conjunction with community partner Kindred Spirits Care Farm, are sponsoring this year’s healthy food event, which is to educate the public on growing and eating fresh produce, and the benefits it provides. So what does this mean for you?

Wooden 3National Food Day takes place on an actual farm on the campus of Wooden High School, an alternate learning pathway for at-risk teens.  Farm tours are given to meet rescued animals such as pigs, goats, geese, chickens, ducks, bunnies and two charming alpacas, Pedro and Evan, and to see first-hand how organic produce is grown. Face painting, arts, crafts and games will entertain and educate children.

Would you like fresh food from farm to table? Seedlings are available in biodegradable containers to go home with you to start your own healthy garden in many imaginative ways that don’t demand much space. Learn how to start a compost heap, taste samples of fresh food, or purchase vegetable-based lunch.

Come and join us for this special event on a working farm that not only provides fresh food, but also gives students hands-on learning experiences not taught by books alone. Students lead farm tours, work the farm and make a difference in their own lives, as well as in the community.