OCTOBER IS NATIONAL FARM TO SCHOOL MONTH, a time to celebrate the connections happening all over the country between children and local food! From taste tests in the cafeteria and nutrition education activities in the classroom, to farm visits and school garden harvest parties, schools, farms, communities and organizations in all 50 states, Washington, D.C. and U.S. Territories take part in the celebrations.

Join the Great Lakes states in celebrating National Farm to School Month by crunching into locally grown apples at NOON on Thursday, October 10, 2019. Participants of all ages are invited to crunch!.

National Farm to School Month provides exciting opportunities for everyone - from students, parents and food enthusiasts to food producers and nutrition professionals - to get informed, get involved and take action to grow farm to school in their own communities and across the country. 

"Local food matters- to our farmers, to our region, to our health!"

Teachers and Schools
• Join a Great Apple Crunch campaign in your region! 
• Connect instructional school gardens and garden-based learning activities to curriculum.
• Organize a farm tour or trip to the local farmers’ market. School food service professionals
• Promote National Farm to School Month on the school menu and in the cafeteria. Find logos, posters and more at www.farmtoschool.org/our-work/farm-to-school-month.
• Do a taste test of local products or feature a special local item for lunch, breakfast or snacks.

• Visit your local farmers’ market, join a CSA, or participate in a community garden.

• Buy locally or grow something you’ve never tried before, cook it and share with your family and friends.

• Cook with seasonal products as much as possible. Most state departments of agriculture or Buy Fresh Buy Local chapters offer a regional crop calendar.
• Volunteer at your local school to support a school garden or classroom educational activity

• Connect with local schools and offer to conduct a classroom session during October or offer to host a visit to your farm.
• Become a classroom pen pal. Farm field trips are great, but stories and photos from the farm are the next best thing.
• Promote National Farm to School Month on your farm or at your farmers’ market booth with posters and other materials, which can be downloaded at www.farmtoschool.org/our-work/farm-to-school-month.

Organizations and Businesses
• Contact Anne Schneider to learn how institutions can purchase local food through the Green Umbrella Ohio Valley Food Hub Project.

Spread the Word

• Highlight your farm to school activities in your newsletters, on your website or blog, and in materials that go home to parents like school lunch menus. 

• Download and print National Farm to School Month materials like posters, stickers, bookmarks and more at http://www.farmtoschool.org/our-work/farm-to-school-month.

• Invite local media and policymakers to visit your school, farm or other farm to school sites and participate in National Farm to School Month events.

• Share Green Umbrella and Great Apple Crunch content on your social media channels using the hashtags #F2SMonth and #GreatAppleCrunch. 

• Follow Green Umbrella on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram to see highlights of National Farm to School Month and Great Apple Crunch celebrations in the Greater Cincinnati region throughout October.

The National Farm to School Network is as an information, advocacy and networking hub for communities working to bring local food sourcing, school gardens and food and agriculture education into school systems and early care and education settings.

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