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Celebrate Farm to Preschool

Many early care programs are engaging in “farm to preschool” activities including purchasing local food for meals and snacks, bringing children to farms and farmers into the classroom, teaching children how to cook or prepare locally grown food, and tending to edible gardens. Farm to preschool is a natural expansion of the farm to school [...]

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Food Hubs

By the Wallace Center Local, farm-fresh, healthy food, available every day in school cafeterias to feed growing minds so they will be alert and ready to learn – this is the shared vision of hard-working farm to school advocates and practitioners. Realizing this vision, however, can be hard, complicated work for food service staff who may [...]

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Celebrate School Nutrition Directors Day

By Dayle Hayes, MS, RD, Founder, Schools Meals That Rock What does it take to build a farm to school program? You probably already know that the pillars of a sustainable program are the three C’s—Cafeteria, Classroom and Community. But have you thought about the fourth C, Champions? Successful farm to school programs are started, nurtured and [...]

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Farm to School in Indian Country

Farm to school practices are always instituted at the local level because each community has its own set of unique challenges, needs and opportunities. Schools serving Native American communities are a great example of this. A number of Native communities across the country are turning to farm to school practices as a mean to preserve [...]

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Today is Farm to School Salad Bar Day!

The Let’s Move Salad Bars to Schools program has delivered nearly 2,700 salad bars to schools across the nation since its launch in 2010. School districts are embracing salad bars as an important tool to showcase locally grown, farm-fresh produce as part of farm to school programs. The popularity of farm to school programs has increased tremendously over [...]

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Child nutrition is a public health priority

By the American Public Health Association Ensuring a healthy diet for our nation’s children is one of the greatest opportunities we have to improve the health of our communities. Good nutrition promotes proper growth and development among children and needs to be a national priority for all of us. It helps curb childhood obesity rates and [...]

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A growing network of school gardens

By the National School Garden Network School gardens are sprouting up everywhere, from dense urban cities to rural communities, across all age groups and demographics. Here are some examples of what’s happing in school gardens across the country: Thurgood Marshall Academy High School in Washington, DC started its garden in 2006 when a group of teachers [...]

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Food banks and farm to school

By Kathryn Strickland, executive director of Food Bank of North Alabama When people hear about a food bank, they often think of food relief for their community’s most vulnerable citizens. What many people may not know is the strong connection between food banks and local schools. For years food banks across the country, like the Gleaners [...]

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Celebrate farm-based education!

By the Farm-based Education Network Farm-based education is a form of experiential, interdisciplinary and place-based education that connects people to their local food system, environment and community. The Farm-Based Education Network (FBEN) is a free member network established to strengthen and support those who are providing access and experiences of all kinds on productive working farms. The FBEN serves [...]

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Wanted: Your Farm to School Month stories!

By Chelsey Simpson, National Farm to School Network Today’s post is about my favorite part of National Farm to School Month: hearing your stories! This year we are encouraging everyone who celebrates Farm to School Month to participate in our Farm to School Counts campaign by filling out a short survey to tell us about [...]

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