• Students at PS 58 in Brooklyn, NY plant seeds in their science classroom.

October is National Farm to School Month, a time to celebrate the connections that are happening all over the country between schools and local food!

USDA Farm to School Census Shows Promising Results: IS YOUR SCHOOL COUNTED?

Guest post by Laura Brown, USDA Farm to School Program

According to USDA’s first-ever Farm to School Census, over 38,000 schools with 21 million students in attendance are bringing the farm to school, investing over $350 million in local communities. At the national level, 43% of the school districts that responded to the Census are currently operating farm to school programs and another 13% have plans to start in the future.

Click this image to find out if your district’s information was reported in the Census.

Is your school counted in the Census? Does your district’s data look accurate?
Schools that did not complete the Census have the opportunity to complete and submit the survey through November 30, 2013. Also, schools can submit updates and changes through November 30, 2013. To update data for your school district or to complete the survey questionnaire, please contact Matt Benson with the USDA Farm to School Program at matthew.benson@fns.usda.gov. Final results of the Census will be available in early 2014.

Take the Census Test!
Ready to test your Census trivia knowledge? To play, email your complete answers to the questions below to farmtoschool@fns.usda.gov by November 20. The first five respondents with all seven correct answers will receive a fun gift from the USDA Farm to School team. Good luck!

  1. According to the Census, what percent of school districts are buying local milk?
  2. What’s Oklahoma’s number 3 local item?
  3. In Florence Township, New Jersey, what is the district’s direct source for local food?
  4. What’s Montana’s number 2 local item?
  5. In Prentiss County, Mississippi, what are the top local foods in the 2011-2012 school year based on value?
  6. By what date must districts submit data corrections or completed surveys to USDA in order to be included in the Census?
  7. Which state is allocating a greater percentage of its food budget to local, Idaho or Michigan? (Hint: Hover over the national map.)

Also, be sure to spread the word via Facebook and Twitter! Tag your posts with #USDAF2S. You can share specific information from your state or district by clicking on the preloaded Twitter and Facebook tags from the Census pages.

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