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The National Farm to School Network

Farm to school programs bring local, healthy food to schools and preschool programs. The National Farm to School Network (NFSN) is an advocacy and networking hub for communities working to bring local food sourcing and food and agriculture education into school systems and preschools. The NFSN website explains:

"Students gain access to healthy, local foods as well as education opportunities such as school gardens, cooking lessons and farm field trips. Farm to school empowers children and their families to make informed food choices while strengthening the local economy and contributing to vibrant communities."

Farm to school implementation includes one or more of the following:

  • Procurement: Local foods are purchased, promoted and served in the cafeteria or as a snack or taste-test.
  • Education: Students participate in education activities related to agriculture, food, health or nutrition.
  • School gardens: Students engage in hands-on learning through gardening.

The NFSN website includes a page dedicated to Farm to Preschool, which includes key resources for getting started, procurement and more.

The general Resources page is also extensive, with information broken down into some two dozen topics, including menus, food safety, multicultural, farm-based education and network building.

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