Farm to school enriches the connection communities have with fresh, healthy food and local food producers by enhancing food purchasing and education practices at schools and early care and education sites. Farm to school, inclusive of farm to early care and education, empowers children and their families to make informed food choices while strengthening the local economy and contributing to vibrant communities. Farm to school implementation differs by location but always includes one or more of the following three core elements:
Procurement: Local foods are purchased, promoted and served in the cafeteria or at meal times, as a snack or in classroom taste-tests.
Education: Students participate in education activities related to agriculture, food, health and nutrition.
School gardens: Students engage in hands-on, experiential learning through gardening.