Wednesday, November 9, 2011

The 10 Most Impressive Farm to School Programs

"If you’re not familiar with the term, it means just what it sounds like: programs that bring farm-fresh, local foods to public and even private schools so that kids can enjoy great nutrition. The programs also offer excellent educational opportunities, bringing students to farms, and chefs to classrooms, while at the same time giving local farmers a great place to sell their products. "

NH Farm to School  makes the grade.

  • In New Hampshire, schools statewide are able to participate in the farm to school program, with healthy, locally grown foods in cafeterias, as well as curriculum based on farms, food, and nutrition. NH schools also enjoy agriculture-based learning opportunities in this program. The NH Farm to School program started out small, as a pilot program introducing local apples and cider into K-12 schools in 2003, growing to Get Smart Eat Local in 2006, which introduced local food to 10 districts in the state. Since then, the program’s connections with growers and schools has only expanded, bringing together schools, farmers, and distributors for high-quality local food and a great education to go along with it.

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