In 2010, Congress designated October as Farm to School Month and Vermonters are getting ready to celebrate! Students, parents, farmers, food service professionals, and teachers across the state are cooking up harvest meals and taste tests, kicking up their heels and rolling up their sleeves in anticipation!
This year, the third week of October (15-19) also happens to be National School Lunch week, as designated by the School Nutrition Association. To find out more about how your school can showcase what's cooking in its cafeterias, check out the School Nutrition Association's website. There is no better time for food service in Vermont schools to cook up farm-fresh harvest meals than October.
There are lots of ways to celebrate Farm to School this October!
We have put together a celebration packet for you to use in planning and promoting your Farm to School Celebrations.
- Celebration Ideas
- Sample Media Alert
- Vermont Farm to School Fact Sheet
- CDC Report Card (A Report on Promising Practices of Farm to School)
The National Farm to School Network has also compiled a great list of resources to help you get involved this October. For more information, check out their website.
In addition to these Farm to School Month resources, VT FEED has put together a three-part documentary that gives an overview of Farm to School in Vermont, describing the partnerships and processes that make our programs so successful. "Building a Healthy Food System: One Bite at a Time" documents and shares success stories collected during our 18-month study of Farm-to-School best practices in Vermont.
- Part I: An Integrated Approach to School Food Change
- Part II: Promising Practices- Hands-on Activities
- Part III: Supporting School Food System Change