Connecticut Farm-to-School Program
What is farm to school?
Farm to school enriches the connection communities have with fresh, healthy food and local food producers by changing food purchasing and education practices at schools and early care and education sites.
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 differs by location but always 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
• School gardens: Students engage in hands-on learning through gardening; and
• Education: Students participate in education activities related to agriculture, food, health or nutrition.
Why farm to school?
Farm to school provides all kids access to nutritious, high quality, local food so they are ready to learn and grow. Farm to school activities enhance classroom education through hands-on learning related to food, health, agriculture and nutrition.
Farm to school can serve as a significant financial opportunity for farmers, fishers, ranchers, food processors and food manufacturers by opening the doors to an institutional market worth billions of dollars in sales.
Farm to school benefits everyone from students, teachers and administrators to parents and farmers, providing opportunities to build family and community engagement. Buying from local producers and processors creates new jobs and strengthens the local economy.
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The Farm-to-School Program at the Connecticut Department of Agriculture would like to thank those of you already in the program. For those non-participating schools, we encourage you to contact us at 860-713-2503 and begin participation in the Farm-to School Program!