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Fab Five

Meet the Farm to School Fabulous Five!

The Farm to School Fabulous Five, or “Fab Five,” are five food crops that are important to our health, our community, and our food system: kale, kohlrabi, legumes, radishes, and squash. Maybe you’ve tried the Fab Five in meals at home or school or spotted them growing in a garden or on a farm. The Fab Five teach us important lessons about nutrition, history, farming, cooking, science, and more. Each of them nourishes our bodies with important nutrients, contribute to local and global food cultures, and play an important role in Minnesota agriculture. MPS CWS is developing education experiences and resources for students to plant, grow, harvest, learn about, taste, and cook the Fab Five. Students across MPS can discover and experience the Fab Five whether they are in a classroom, out in a school garden, eating in a cafeteria, or visiting the CWS Education Farm!

To learn about each of the Fab Five, click the individual icons near the bottom of this page.

Did you know..?

  • Even 4,000 years ago, people at Kale.
  • Kohlrabi is a popular vegetable in Vietnam, Sri Lanka, and Germany
  • There are more than 16,000 different types of legumes grown all over the world. Lentils, chickpeas, black beans, peas, and peanuts are all legumes.
  • Ancient Egyptians were eating radishes when the pyramids were built.
  • Squash was first grown by the Mayans in what is now Mexico and Central America.