Farm to School encompasses efforts that bring local or regionally produced foods into school cafeterias and classrooms; hands on learning activities such as school gardening, farm visits, and culinary classes; and the integration of food-related education into classroom curriculum. Farm to School promotes the health of children, farms and communities by connecting schools to local farms that supply nutritious, fresh, and minimally processed foods. There are a number of ways schools can implement Farm to School programs. Research has shown that the most beneficial impacts occur through the implementation of comprehensive Farm to School programs. However, impacts are seen at all levels of farm to school implementation, and even the smallest efforts can be a catalyst towards the broader movement. Comprehensive programs contain elements of strong local procurement, nutrition and agricultural education, hands-on learning, and school gardens, but even beginning foundational programs are considered farm to school programs.
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Farm to School Fact Sheet Decision Tree – How will you bring local foods into the cafeteria with your next food purchase?