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!.
GET INVOLVED AND TAKE ACTION
"Local food matters- to our farmers, to our region, to our health!"
Teachers and Schools
• 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.
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.
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.