October is National Farm to School Month
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October 3, 2017
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October is National Farm to School Month, a time to
lift-up the connections happening all over the country between students and
local food. Whether you’re an educator, farmer, food producer, parent, student,
food enthusiast or advocate, everyone can celebrate and take action this month.
What is Farm to School:
Farm to school helps communities have fresh, healthy food and local food producers by changing the way food is purchased and how education is practiced with in schools and early care and education (ECE) sites. Farm to school empowers children and their families to make informed food choices while also strengthening the local economy and contributing to bright communities. Farm to school will always have the following three core elements:
- Procurement- purchase of local foods and then promoting and serving these foods with in the cafeterias, as a snack, or in classroom taste-tests.
- Education- students participate in education activities that help them earn about agriculture, food, health and nutrition.
- School gardens- students participate with hands on learning through gardening either in classrooms or at a school outdoor or greenhouse garden.
A good thing to remember about Farm to School is that kids win, farmers win, and our communities win!
Here are three easy ways you can kick off National
Farm to School Month today:
- Sign the National Farm to School Network’s Take Action
Pledge and commit to taking action to advance farm to school in your community
this October. Add your name to the pledge and you’ll be entered to win the Farm
to School Month sweepstakes! Ten winners will receive a prize package that
includes: assets from the Captain Planet Foundation Project Learning Garden™
program, a Stand Learn student standing desk, and a collection of seeds from
High Mowing Organic Seeds. No action is too small – take the pledge now!
- Explore National Farm to School Network’s national calendar of Farm to School
Month events and see what celebrations are taking place in your community.
- Download free National Farm to School Month materials and resources, including
stickers, posters, coloring sheets, bookmarks and more, available in our
Resource Library. Share these materials to help spread the word about farm to
Stay tuned for more ways to celebrate this October,
including the #FarmtoSchool101 Tweet Chat on Thursday, Oct. 12 from 12-1 P.M. ET,
and special guest posts on the National Farm to School Network’s blog all month
long. Happy National Farm to School Month!
The information in this post was found on the National
Farm to school Network’s Website. For more information, visit them here.
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