Another summer has sailed by and children across the metro have all settled into their new classrooms. Yes, it is hard to believe it’s October, and for those of us at KC Healthy Kids and for area schools that participate in our Farm to School Program, October, is also Farm to School month.
National Farm to School month celebrates children gaining access to locally grown farm-fresh fruits and vegetables and now is the perfect time to show your support.
What is Farm to School? Farm to School is the trifecta of programs by; 1) opening new markets to farmers across the area as they sell their farm-fresh fruits and vegetables to area schools, 2) increases access of freshly grown produce to children’s school menu, and 3) benefits the local economy.
Our Farm to School Academy can help you get started. The program engages school staff and faculty, district stakeholders, parents and students in activities that increase awareness of our local food system and generate excitement about the possibilities for bringing fresher, local food to schools.
You can establish a new farm to school project, expand your schools existing program, or have fun at home celebrating National Farm to School month. Contact Rachel McGinnis Millsap, KC Healthy Kids, Farm to School Program Director at firstname.lastname@example.org to sign your classroom up for the Farm to School program.
Here are a few ideas from the Farm to School Network:
And don’t forget to share with us how you are celebrating National Farm to School Month!
For more information, logos, posters, please visit farmtoschool.org.