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October is Farm to School Month!

F2S month


Here are some great ways to celebrate Farm to School Month:

Host a Taste Test

Broaden your students’ experiences and introduce new, locally grown and seasonally available foods.

Taste tests are a great time to use your Harvest of the Month materials including trading cards and “I tried it!” stickers. If you need to order materials, you can do so on the Harvest of the Month page.

Celebrate Food Day

This year Food Day is on Saturday, October 24, so Friday, October 23 is a good day to hold an event in your school. The Department of Elementary and Secondary Education is challenging schools to “eat real” and offer a locally sourced meal. Mass. Farm to School is here to help make that happen–please contact us if we can help!

Participate in Apple Crunch!


On or around Food Day millions of people will crunch into an apple in a unifying action to raise awareness about eating better diets for health and the environment, access and affordability of fruits and vegetables, and supporting local farmers.

Hundreds of thousands of students will crunch into an apple at lunch time on October 22!

Plan a Green Meal!

The Green Meal Initiative is created by Food Day, The Humane Society of the United States, Healthcare Without Harm, and Meatless Monday, to raise awareness about the importance of eating less meat and enjoying more whole-plant based foods as a way to become healthier and to help the environment.

During Food Day on October 24, millions of meals will be served to celebrate a green and healthy plant-strong diet. You are invited to join the Green Meal Initiative!


From Mass Farm to School …

Submit your Recipe for Farm to School Success!

Do you have a great idea for farm to school success?

We want to hear it!

Mass. Farm to School is excited to announce the Farm to School Recipe for Success contest. 

The contest is sponsored by Northeast Regional Steering Committee of the National Farm to School Network and is designed to find and share the most innovative projects and ideas in Northeast Farm to School programs. We’re not looking for cooking recipes, but for great activities, lessons, strategies and projects that improve food and farm education, school meal programs, farm to school connections and more.

Enter your recipe by March 2 for a chance at $500 in cash prizes, free registrations to the Northeast Farm to Institution Summit, and a chance to present and share your great work.

CLICK HERE for more information! 



The Farm to Institution Summit is a first-year conference that will bring together leaders from the Northeast who are working to get more local and regional food into schools, colleges, health care and other institutions.

Please join us — and up to 800 other farm to institution advocates — for three exciting days of learning, sharing, exploring and connecting.

The Farm to Institution Summit will be held at UMass Amherst in Amherst, Massachusetts on April 7-9, 2015. Learn more and register at www.farmtoinstitution.org/summit.

The Summit is hosted by Farm to Institution New England in collaboration with the National Farm to School Network, Health Care Without Harm, Farm to Institution New York State and other partners.

Scholarships available!  Scholarship applications will be accepted until March 2.

Please visit the conference website as they add more info about the programming — keynotes, workshop descriptions, and more: www.farmtoinstitution.org/summit.