Communities Getting Involved in Farm to School
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There are so many ways students, parents, teachers and community members can get involved with Farm to School. From fresh fruit and vegetable tasting in schools and setting up school gardens to hosting farm-raiser fundraising events or integrating nutrition into school wellness policies, there are ways everyone in the community can get involved in farm to school.
Parents getting started with farm to school
The Washington Environmental Council [external link] has created a resource for parents to get involved with farm-to-school. Their toolkit, 'Growing Our Future, Local Farms - Healthy Kids: How parents can help get locally grown food into our schools' is pasted below.
School Wellness Policies
School wellness policies are a great way to articulate a school community's values and can build farm to school components into school food and the general food environment at schools. (See our School Wellness Policy page for more information.)
Other Ideas for Getting Involved
The Food Trust's Healthy School Toolkit - This toolkit guides teachers and other members of the school community in implementing The Food Trust's highly successful Comprehensive School Nutrition Policy Initiative. The initiative was found to reduce the incidence of childhood overweight by 50%. These results were published in the Journal of Pediatrics.
The video below is another great example of how school communities can get involved in farm to school. Made by students, parents and the school community from Lincoln Elementary School in Mount Vernon, WA., this video was the first place winner for the Real Food Is... Challenge. Fifth grader Olivia Farrell from Lincoln Elementary School accepted the award at the National Farm to School Conference in Detroit, MI.
- Local Farms-Healthy Kids Toolkit.pdf - 2 MB - Growing Our Future - How Parents can Get Involved in Farm-to-School