Vermont FEED grew out of a belief that the growing disconnect from our land, our food and our agricultural roots was neither healthful nor sustainable; and that we could simultaneously promote the resurgence of local farms and increase equitable access to fresh, healthy food for all children through education and outreach in schools.
Founded in 2000, Vermont FEED has worked with more than one third of Vermont schools to create robust and viable Farm to School programs. As of 2007, Vermont FEED serves as the Northeast Regional Lead for the National Farm to School Network.
Vermont Food Education Every Day (FEED) is a Farm to School program run as a partnership of three Vermont non-profit organizations: Food Works at Two Rivers Center, Northeast Organic Farming Association of Vermont (NOFA-VT), and Shelburne Farms.
Vermont Food Education Every Day (VT FEED) works with schools and communities to raise awareness about healthy food, good nutrition, and the role of Vermont farms and farmers.
We act as a catalyst for rebuilding healthy food systems and to cultivate links between classrooms, cafeterias, communities, and local farms.
We Believe . . .
- all children and members of their community should have access to safe, affordable, healthy, and nutritious foods.
- healthy diets positively and directly impact students’ academic performance.
- children will make healthy choices because of their involvement with food as part of their school curriculum.
- local agriculture is important historically and for the future.
- all communities should be invested in their school food system - from the farms, to the cafeterias, to the classrooms.
- school food policy must change to reflect local, healthy, and nutritious foods available to all students.
- food literate children will impact and change family purchasing, cooking, and eating patterns.
- through growing, harvesting, and preparing foods, children gain confidence, develop critical thinking skills, and feel a sense of power and control over their own health and food choices
What is Farm to School?
Farm to School programs bring healthy food from local farms to school children nationwide. These programs connect schools with local farms with the objectives of serving healthy meals in school cafeterias, improving student nutrition, providing health and nutrition education opportunities that will last a lifetime.
Farm to School is a comprehensive program that extends beyond farm fresh salad bars and local foods in the cafeteria to include waste management programs like composting, and experiential education opportunities such as planting school gardens, cooking demonstrations and farm tours.
The Farm to School approach helps children understand where their food comes from and how their food choices impact their bodies, the environment and their communities at large. More than 30 million children eat a school lunch five days a week, 180 days a year. If school lunch can be produced and consumed sustainably, taste great, and support the local community, it is a win-win for everyone.