From Massachusetts Farm to School!
With a new school year beginning we are here to provide you with information and assistance to develop strong farm to school programs that bridge the cafeteria, classroom, and community environments.
Fall is a great time to kick off the school year with delicious, healthy, local foods and there are great programs including Farm to School Month and Food Day to help you promote your work.
We have some fantastic resources and opportunities below. We hope you have a great beginning of the school year and that you enjoy the bounty of the harvest!
Sign up for Harvest of the Month 2015-2016
There is still time to register for Harvest of the Month!
Mass. Farm to School’s Harvest of the Month program promotes a different Massachusetts-grown food each month in school, college, university, and hospital cafeterias and dining areas across the state.
Our goal is to encourage healthy food choices by increasing students’ exposure to seasonal foods while also supporting local farmers and building excitement about school meals.
Schools and institutions pledge to locally source and serve the featured Harvest of the Month food twice each month, to display our beautiful promotional materials, to connect to others in the school community who care about healthy, locally-grown foods, and to share their experience with Mass. Farm to School.
Mass. Farm to School will provide individualized procurement assistance, all the posters, trading cards, and “I tried it!” stickers that you need, as well as downloadable resources, including a family newsletter, for celebrating and educating about the featured foods in the cafeteria, classroom, school garden, and at home.
New School Food Guide Released
Food Corps member Alex Freedman has written the guide Serving Up Tradition in partnership with Mass. Farm to School.
This guide will help you serve up culturally appropriate school meals and includes step-by-step instructions, tried and true recipes, and case studies from districts across the country. You can read his blog entry about the guide on our website.
Celebrate Farm to School Month in October!
October is National Farm to School Month, a time to celebrate connections happening all over the country between schools and local food!
Farm to school enriches the connection communities have with fresh, healthy food and local food producers by changing food purchasing and education practices at schools and preschools.
Farm to school is reaching millions of students in all 50 states and Washington, D.C. In addition to improving child health, when schools buy local, they create new markets for local and regional farmers and contribute to vibrant communities, a win-win-win scenario!
Whether you are a food service professional, a farmer, a teacher or a food-loving family, there are plenty of ways to celebrate National Farm to School Month! We will have more information about Farm to School Month soon, and you can learn more by visiting the National Farm to School Network’s website, farmtoschool.org.
CLICK HERE to sign up for the Harvest of the Month and to learn more!