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Jamie Oliver inspires local farm tours

Everyone who’s talked to me about Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution is shocked by one sad scene: the first-grade students who couldn’t identify fruits and vegetables — including tomatoes.

You’d think the central San Joaquin Valley, with all of of its agricultural bounty, wouldn’t have such a problem. Well, one organic farm isn’t taking any chances. K.M.K. Farms in Kingsburg is hosting free farm tours 2:30-4:30 p.m. Sunday. Samples of fresh dishes such as fennel-tangerine salad will be available.

“We were sad as we watched Jamie Oliver’s new show and saw how a class of children could not identify a tomato!” K.M.K. co-owner Michele Reynolds writes in an e-mail. “So we are joining Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution and opening our farm up…”

So far, more than 110 folks have signed up. Want to join them? Here’s a map. RSVP by calling (559) 897-7264, visiting K.M.K.’s stands at the Visalia farmers market and the Vineyard farmers market, sending e-mail, or dropping a line on Facebook.

And if you’re not watching Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution, you’re missing out on a great show. Here’s that sad scene with the first-graders:

Responses to "Jamie Oliver inspires local farm tours"

Kathy Mahan says:

I haven’t been able to get that scene out of my head since first seeing it. It really is sad. Good for K&K for taking some action.

Beth says:

I was also shocked when I watched that episode. Little kids should at least know their basic fruits and veggies.

I’ve been a little shocked by the attitude of some the “lunch ladies.” For them to honestly say, they actually liked that processed crap they were serving the kids for lunch.

The Pizza Farm has been teaching kids about where their food comes from since 1993. Over 100,000 students have toured our farm over the last 17 yrs and learned about how “Farmers Grow Pizza”! The sad thing is that our schools don’t see the importance of teaching these kids about agriculture and our visits have declined from over 10,000 kids per year to less than 1,000. Is it any wonder why children think that their food comes from the grocery store? Kids in the Central Valley have NO more understanding of agriculture than their counterparts in LA or SF. It’s very sad when they have a resource for learning in their own back yard!