Farmers Grow MyPlate Back »

Written by Karlys Wells (former SDSU Extension Associate).

The “Farmers Grow MyPlate” lesson series is a resource designed for rural school children to educate them about the Choose MyPlate guidance as well as how that food is grown in our Midwest states. Lessons include nutrition information, food preparation experiences, instruction on how food is grown and processed, and art/craft activities for youth ages Kindergarten to 4th grade. An implementation guide provides ideas for staffing and management of the series of lessons as well as the food safety protocol. FGMP has been successfully implemented in outside of school time programs, elementary classrooms, and day camp settings. Download today to begin the “Farmers Grow MyPlate” adventure.

Implementation Guide

The toolkit teaches the USDA Choose MyPlate and Farm to Table concepts through a series of activities to provide education to and enhance activities for elementary youth in summer and after school programs.


Did you know South Dakota farmers raise many dairy cows and produce tons of pounds of milk and other dairy products? A serving is one cup of liquid milk, yogurt, or soymilk, 2 ounces of cheese, 2 cups of cottage cheese.   


Apples are the primary fruit crop in South Dakota. Eat 1 1/2 cups of fruit every day by including them in meals and snacks. A cup is one medium apple, peach, or pear, 30 grapes, 1 small wedge of watermelon, or 1 cup of 100% juice.


Most of South Dakota's grain is fed to livestock and some is made into oil. Eat 5 or 6 servings a day by enjoying a small bowl of cereal, one slice of bread, a scoop of rice or pasta, or a small bowl of popcorn.


Every South Dakota county has farms that raise livestock. Consume 5 ounces of protein per day as a building block for bones, muscles, blood, skin, enzymes, vitamins, and hormones. 


South Dakota farmers and gardeners grow vegetables and dried peas and beans for food. Consume 1 1/2 to 2 1/2 cups of these every day. Vegetables may be fresh, frozen, canned or dried and eaten as whole, cut up or mashed

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