The Vermont Farm to School Network provides statewide leadership, coordination, and advocacy to advance new and existing Farm to School efforts in Vermont classrooms, cafeterias and communities. The Vermont Farm to School Network is open to all the Farm to School advocates, practitioners, and programs across the state. To participate, please join the VT FTS listerve. Click here for directions.
Since 2007 the Rozo McLaughlin Farm-to-School Grant Program has been awarding Vermont schools with funds to integrate local foods in school cafeterias, classrooms and communities. The goals of the grant program are to encourage schools and school districts to serve food to Vermont students that is as fresh and nutritious as possible; maximize the use of fresh, locally grown, produced and processed foods; educate students about healthy eating habits through nutrition education, including using hands-on techniques to make the connections between farming and the foods that students consume; increase the size and stability of farmers’ direct sales market; and increase school meal participation by increasing the selection of foods available to students.
This grant program is made possible by collaboration between the Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Department of Education, Department of Health and VT FEED (Food Education Every Day).
The next round of Farm to School Grant applications are due in October 2012. Check back in September for more details.
The National Farm to School Network sprouted from a desire to support community-based food systems, strengthen family farms, and improve student health by reducing childhood obesity. Eight regional lead agencies and national staff provide training and technical assistance, information serves, networking, and support for policy, media and marketing activities. The National Farm to School Network is a collaborative project of the Urban & Environmental Policy Institute at Occidental College and the Community Food Security Coalition (CFSC).
The Network's newly launched (April 2012) Farm to Pre-School Website is designed to to be a clearinghouse of resources for current and future preschool programs and showcase programs from around the country.
The USDA Farm to School website was formed to assist schools in starting or expanding their Farm to School activities; assist in the communication between farmers and schools; share information about Farm to School activities across the Nation; and keep you informed of the legislative and regulatory changes that influence Farm to School activities.