October is National Farm to School Month, so you may have been hearing that phrase a lot lately. But what is farm to school?
- It’s an elementary school cafeteria full of kids eating pasta with sauce made from tomatoes grown in their school garden.
- It’s locally sourced milk served daily with lunch.
- It’s a sixth grade class biting into apples donated by a local orchard to celebrate The Great Lakes Apple Crunch.
- It's kindergarteners singing about the dirt that made their lunches.
- It’s a high schooler yanking a carrot from the school’s garden bed before feeling it crunch between her teeth.
- It's eating a bean while talking about the plant it came from and the soil it grew in.
- It’s your school's garden.
Farm to school is all about helping kids access healthy foods through a combination of health and agricultural education, hands on garden-based learning, and incorporating locally produced foods.
And we’re so thrilled to be part of it. School and community youth gardens can be an integral component of farm to school initiatives, from seed-to-plant connections, to hands-on learning opportunities, to cultivating enthusiasm for snacking on veggies.
Below you’ll find great resources, stories, and ideas to help you, your students, and your community get involved in Farm to School Month.
Are you planning an activity or lesson to celebrate Farm to School Month? Send us
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, WSGN Communications Manager