Celebrate Farm to School Month this October!
Farm to School month is a time to recognize the importance of farm to school programs as a means to improve child nutrition, support local economies and educate children about the origins of food. Farm to school enriches the connection communities have with fresh, healthy food and local food producers by changing food purchasing and education practices at schools and preschools. Students gain access to healthy, local foods as well as education opportunities such as school gardens, cooking lessons and farm field trips.
Whether you are a food service professional, a farmer, a teacher or a food-loving family, there are plenty of ways to celebrate and get involved!
- Hold a special day or event that features a food producer or local chef and talk with students and faculty about local food.
- Invite a food producer, local chef, or expert from the community to come talk to your class about the food system.
- Assign a class project to search the media for news related to Farm to School.
- Host a taste test comparing local and grocery store produce to see what is the most popular.
- Participate in a Local Lunch Day at the school if they offer one.
Over the past decade, the farm to school movement has exploded across the United States, reaching millions of students in all 50 states and Washington, D.C. In addition to improving child health, when schools buy local, they create new markets for local and regional farmers and contribute to vibrant communities, a win-win-win scenario.
For more information about the Alaska Farm-to-School program, or if you have any questions, contact Farm to School Program Coordinator (and new AFPC Governing Board member) Johanna Herron at firstname.lastname@example.org or (907) 761-3870.