What is Farm to School?
Farm to School enables every child to have access to nutritious food while simultaneously benefiting communities and local farmers. In addition to supplying nourishing, locally grown and produced food in schools, Farm to School programs offer nutrition and agriculture education through taste tests, school gardens, composting programs and farm tours. Such experiences help children understand where their food comes from and how their food choices affect their bodies, environment and community.
CHILDREN WIN: Fresh fruits, vegetables and other healthy foods help fight childhood obesity.
FARMERS WIN: Schools provide local farmers with new or expanded markets.
COMMUNITY WINS: Money stays in the local economy.
At its core, Farm to School is about establishing relationships between local foods and school children. Farm to School programs include (but are not limited to):
Including local products in school meals-breakfast, lunch, afterschool snacks-and in taste tests, educational tools and classrooms snacks.
Introducing food-related curriculum development and experiential learning opportunities through school gardens, farm tours, farmer in the classroom sessions, chefs in the classroom, culinary education, educational sessions for parents and community members and visits to farmers' markets.