Farm to School in Northwest Michigan
Northwest Michigan Farm To School Programs
To have your farm to school program listed e-mail program information to Diane Connors, Senior Policy Specialist at firstname.lastname@example.org
What is Farm to School?
Farm to school programs are win-win-win-win for students, teachers, food service, and farms. They:
► Get good food to students in the cafeteria, while also investing in the local economy.
► Engage students simultaneously in healthy eating and fun, effective learning.
► Can be integrated into curriculum to meet state and national education standards in all subject areas.
► Turn food service and teachers into colleagues: Food service sends healthy, well-fed kids to class ready to learn. Teachers provide students with hands-on learning that gets them excited about eating the food that makes them healthy and attentive.
► Make classroom to community connections: Farmers, chefs, gardeners, nutrition educators and even children’s book authors are ready resources.
► Use the whole school to the benefit of children’s health, education and community well-being.
Farm to School is Growing!
There were two farm to school programs in two states in 1996. Now, there are more than 12,000 programs in all 50 states, and that includes many school districts in northwest Lower Michigan.
Farm to School Program Resources:
► National Farm to School Network - The National Farm to School Network supports the work of local Farm to School programs all over the country by providing free training and technical assistance, information services, networking, and support for policy, media and marketing activities.
► Michigan Farm to School - The Michigan Farm to School website is a portal for information and a venue for sharing ideas, tools and resources to support these efforts to link schools with local food and agriculture in Michigan.
► Vermont Food Education Every Day (FEED) - Founded in 2000, Vermont FEED has worked with more than one third of schools in Vermont to create robust and viable Farm to School programs. Vermont Food Education Every Day (VT FEED) works with schools and communities to raise awareness about healthy food, the role of Vermont farms and farmers, and good nutrition.
► The Edible Schoolyard - Over the past sixteen years, the Edible Schoolyard has become an integral part of life at Martin Luther King Jr. Middle School in Berkley California and has also expanded to become an important teaching institution and model of edible education, that has inspired national and international programs.