Farm to School
SFC’s Farm to School programming bridges the gap between local farms, school cafeterias and student participation. We work with our network of local farmers and school foodservice professionals to promote locally grown foods in school cafeterias with promotional materials such as bookmarks, posters and local veggie samplings. Farmers also assist in student education by sharing their farm stories at Meet the Farmer Visits.
Local Food Promotion Toolkit
SFC can provide schools with local food promotional materials designed to increase knowledge, awareness, and excitement of local food.
- Veggie sampling checklist for Kitchen Managers
- Suggested morning announcements to promote veggie samplings and/or local food school-wide
- Interactive bookmark to engage students with local food promotion
Please email using the contact info below if you would like to request materials in the Local Food Promotion Toolkit.
Veggie samplings promote local food procurement in schools by supporting relationships between local farmers and schools and exposing students to farm fresh vegetables and fruits. Our Local Food Promotion toolkit (listed above) guides Kitchen Managers and school officials through the sampling process and includes promotional materials to engage students.
Meet the Farmer Visits
Meet the Farmer Visits are a unique way for students to engage with the local food system. Research shows that when children have a better understanding of where fruits and vegetables come from, they are more likely to eat these healthy foods. Bringing a farmer into the classroom to tell the story behind the produce on the students’ lunch trays allows students to feel a much stronger connection to their food and community.
Farm to School Consulting
Whether you are interested in applying for a USDA Farm to School grant, purchasing more local food, or starting a school garden, SFC can guide you through the process. Please email us using the contact information below.
Jenifer DeAtley, Farm Viability Director