About farm to school
Farm to school connects schools, local agriculture and the community to improve student nutrition, health and academic performance. Farm to school implementation varies across settings and includes one or more of the following components: School Gardens and Garden Education, Healthy Eating Education, Local Food Education, and Procurement of Local Food
Farm to school connects schools, teachers, farms, families and communities to improve student nutrition, health and academic performance. Farm to school programs support local food procurement, school gardens and nutrition education. They connect schools to farmers by purchasing, serving and promoting local foods. School nutrition professionals, teachers, administrators, school nurses, school health coordinators, local farmers, students, families, policy makers and community organizations each have an important role in building capacity for and establishing a sustainable farm to school program.
School nutrition professionals and farmers can work together to increase procurement of local food for school meals and snacks, as well as to help to tell the story of local food systems. Teachers and school nutrition professionals can teach and promote farm to school to students and their families to increase the consumption of healthy foods. Students, families and community organizations can advocate for farm to school programming in their local school districts. School administrators and policy makers can establish policies and practices in support of farm to school.