Farm to School
Farm to School brings healthy food from local farms to school children nationwide. Farm to School programs teach students about where their food comes from, and instill healthy eating habits that can last a lifetime. The use of local produce in school meals and educational activities establishes a partnership with local farms, helping ensure the success of these farms while mitigating the environmental cost of transporting food long distances.
The Farm to School movement originated in California more than a decade ago when local groups began efforts to improve school children’s understanding of healthy food while expanding the market for local farmers. Three groundbreaking programs spearheaded the Farm to School movement: the “Farmers’ Market Salad Bar” project at the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District, “The Edible Schoolyard” project in Berkeley and the “Healthy Schools Project” in Ventura. Today, there are Farm to School programs in 85 school districts across the state and this number continues to grow.
More than half of California’s students participate in the National School Lunch program, by implementing Farm to School programs we can make school lunch taste great, build life-long healthy eating habits and support the local community – it’s a win-win for everyone!