National Farm to School month started as a grassroots movement that was able to get Congressional approval to become a national event. There are over 40,000 schools participating with 23.6 million students engaged in the principles this program teaches.
The program has three core elements: procurement, education, and school gardens. The program connects schools to local farmers to provide fresh, healthy foods for students. Farmers also benefit from this by having a steady market to sell to. Education is heavily focused on in the Farm to School program. Cooking lessons, farm field trips, and nutrition classes are common. School gardens allow students to take what they’ve learned and use it in a real-world application. They learn how to grow and care for plants, which develops a sense of responsibility for their work and their food.
National Farm to School month is a chance to celebrate the success of this program and to educate the public on the benefits for students, farmers, and their communities.
For more information, visit www.farmtoschool.org.