Image: The purpose of Farm to School Month is to promote the importance of farm to school activities in helping to improve child nutrition, support local economies and connect children and communities with the source of their food.
October is a busy month for both our nation’s farms and our nation’s schools. Farmers are harvesting everything from apples to pumpkins, while schools are celebrating Farm to School Month by raising awareness of the connection with fresh, healthy food and local food producers.
Farm to School connects communities to our nation’s farmers, ranchers and fishers through field trips to farms, taste tests of local and seasonal crops, local food purchasing and hands-on agricultural education. Farm to School also boosts rural economies and improves children’s health. In fact, more than 42,000 schools nationwide reported hosting farm to school programs in the 2015 Farm to School Census. So this October, you too can take action and support farm to school in any of the following ways:
- Establish a relationship with your local farmers;
- Support your local school garden by donating funds or volunteering time; or
- Attend your local farmers’ market and buy local foods.
No matter how you decide to take action this month, here are the top five reasons to celebrate Farm to School Month. READ MORE