What is Farm to School?
A term to describe a broad spectrum of efforts to connect local foods and agriculture with schools, teachers and students including:
- Procurement: local foods purchased, promoted and served in schools
- Education: education related to agriculture, food, health and nutrition
- School gardens: hands-on learning through gardening
Why Farm to School?
Farm to School:
- Provides market opportunities for local farmers
- Increases healthy food options for students
- Increases awareness and understanding of the relationship between food and farms
- Provides a unique opportunity to teach required curriculum content in a creative, applied and engaging manner
What are some of the positive outcomes of Farm to School?
Farm to School program participation consistently results in:
- Increased fruit and vegetable consumption among students
- Increased school meal participation
- Demonstrated willingness by students to try new foods and healthier options in school meals
- Increase in student knowledge and awareness about food, agriculture and nutrition
Who implements Farm to School in Idaho?
Farm to School in Idaho is a collaborative program. Partners include:
- University of Idaho Extension
- Idaho State Department of Agriculture/Idaho Preferred
- Idaho Ag in the Classroom
- Idaho Department of Education’s Child Nutrition Services
- Farm to School in Idaho powerpoint presentation pdf
- How Idaho ranks: National Farm to School Census
- USDA Farm to School planning toolkit pdf
- Plots for Tots; preschoolers learn about healthy food from their school garden pdf
- Potlatch Kids Co-op Garden; working with community partnerships
- School garden program increases student's interest in eating fruits & vegetables
- Master Gardener School Garden Mentors support healthy youth initiatives statewide
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