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Ag Diversification and Market Development Bureau
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Farm-to-School Program

Why Farm-to-School

Added Farm Income Potential

  • While the health of our nation’s youth is declining, family farming is facing the greatest decline of all occupations in the U.S.

  • Small and mid-sized farms have been experiencing tremendous economic pressure for several decades.

  • With increasing costs for land and water, and the unchecked growth of suburban sprawl and agribusiness, family farmers find themselves selling the farm to feed their families.

Positive Outcome to Children

  • According to existing farm-to-school programs, fresh fruits and vegetables rank among student’s favorite meal options.

  • When combined with nutrition education, farm visits and school gardens, children can develop healthy eating habits that will last a lifetime.

  • In doing so, they can decrease the risk of nutrition related diseases such as obesity, diabetes, hypertension, and heart disease

Farm Fresh Foods in Schools

  • Students are served fresh, locally grown, seasonal fruits and vegetables, meat, milk, eggs and nuts with their lunches.

Farm Visits

  • Students visit local farms to meet farmers and learn how their food is grown.

School Gardens

  • Hands-on activities in the garden teach students about the connections between growing plants and eating healthy food.

Recycling and Composting

  • Students recycle their food waste, turning it into compost for the garden.

Farm Visits

  • Farm-to-school programs link with local Farmers Markets and sponsor community events around food and farming.

Connecting Local Farms with School Lunch Programs


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