Students learn about the importance of nutrition using the MyPlate icon, which advocates for half the plate to be fruits and vegetables.
Students learn about the importance of nutrition using the MyPlate icon, which advocates for half the plate to be fruits and vegetables.

Third-grade students from nearly 30 local schools across 13 districts learned about fresh fruit and vegetables and other agriculture production at the Fresno County Farm and Nutrition Day on March 23.

The event was designed to teach students about nutrition and food production and introduce them to the diversity of Fresno County agriculture.

It featured more than 50 demonstrations and interactive booths, according to a news release.

Several local businesses and individuals volunteered to help staff the event or provide funding for transportation and other costs.

Students met local growers and other industry representatives.

Other booths included a “Get your plate in shape” promotion of healthy eating and excercise, photos with the California Dancing Raisin, a nutrition Jeopardy game, agriculture-equipment safety training, a food safety puppet presentation and seed planting demonstrations, according to the release.

Samples of fruits and vegetables were also given out in a Tasting Center.

Fresno County Farm Bureau, The Big Fresno Fair and the Friends of the Fair sponsored the annual event.