Farm to School:  A National Perspective Debra Eschmeyer
Farm to School Local, Farm fresh produce in schools School Gardens, Composting, Recycling Nutrition Education / Experienti...
What  is Farm to School <ul><li>Farm to school is a school-based program that connects schools (K-12) and local farms with...
Connecting local farmers to schools <ul><li>buy and feature farm fresh foods </li></ul><ul><li>incorporate nutrition-based...
Farm to Kindergarten  Philadelphia - Pennsylvania  <ul><li>Snacks in class </li></ul><ul><li>Nutrition education </li></ul...
Florida, Georgia, Alabama <ul><li>New North Florida Cooperative Association </li></ul><ul><li>Farmer-led </li></ul><ul><li...
Chicago Public Schools  <ul><li>385,000 lunches and breakfasts / day – 600 schools </li></ul><ul><li>Chartwells Thompson H...
<ul><li>NM Dept. of Agriculture, Albuquerque Public School District, Farm to Table  </li></ul><ul><li>$85,000 from the sta...
Organic Choices Salad Bar Olympia, Washington <ul><li>Organic fruits & vegetables, whole grain bread, protein choices, egg...
Ohio Examples
Ohio Examples
Why  we need Farm to School
Why we need farm to school <ul><li>For our Children </li></ul><ul><li>2.3- to 3.3-fold increase in childhood obesity over ...
Why we need farm to school <ul><li>For our Farmers </li></ul><ul><ul><li>330 farm operators leave their land every week.  ...
Why we need farm to school <ul><li>For our Environment </li></ul><ul><li>Crop Varieties lost between 1903-1983 </li></ul><...
Why we need farm to school <ul><li>Dollars and Sense </li></ul>Price of feeding one child school lunch during their tenure...
How   you do Farm to School
Implementing Farm to School <ul><li>Local Product used in: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>salad bars  </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>ho...
Let’s get started <ul><ul><li>Start small—taste testing, farm tour, apples </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Organize various sta...
National Farm to School Network Networking Training and Technical Assistance Policy Information Services Media and Marketing
 
www.farmtoschool.org Debra Eschmeyer [email_address] 419-753-3412
 
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    1. 1. Farm to School: A National Perspective Debra Eschmeyer
    2. 2. Farm to School Local, Farm fresh produce in schools School Gardens, Composting, Recycling Nutrition Education / Experiential Learning Farm tours / Visits by farmers
    3. 3. What is Farm to School <ul><li>Farm to school is a school-based program that connects schools (K-12) and local farms with the objectives of: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>serving healthy meals in school cafeterias </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>improving student nutrition </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>providing agriculture, health and nutrition education opportunities </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>supporting small and medium-sized local and regional farmers </li></ul></ul>
    4. 4. Connecting local farmers to schools <ul><li>buy and feature farm fresh foods </li></ul><ul><li>incorporate nutrition-based curriculum </li></ul><ul><li>provide students experiential learning opportunities through farm visits, gardening, and recycling programs </li></ul><ul><li>access to new markets </li></ul>
    5. 5. Farm to Kindergarten Philadelphia - Pennsylvania <ul><li>Snacks in class </li></ul><ul><li>Nutrition education </li></ul><ul><li>Farm tours, cooking demonstrations </li></ul><ul><li>Parent education </li></ul><ul><li>Statewide legislation and funding available to replicate Philadelphia model </li></ul>
    6. 6. Florida, Georgia, Alabama <ul><li>New North Florida Cooperative Association </li></ul><ul><li>Farmer-led </li></ul><ul><li>15 school districts </li></ul><ul><li>300,000 students </li></ul><ul><li>Value added products </li></ul><ul><li>Relationship marketing </li></ul>
    7. 7. Chicago Public Schools <ul><li>385,000 lunches and breakfasts / day – 600 schools </li></ul><ul><li>Chartwells Thompson Hospitality contract </li></ul><ul><li>2008 - Pilot program in 30 schools </li></ul><ul><li>Linkage with distributor and processor </li></ul><ul><li>Local products on menu twice a week </li></ul>
    8. 8. <ul><li>NM Dept. of Agriculture, Albuquerque Public School District, Farm to Table </li></ul><ul><li>$85,000 from the state for local fresh fruits & vegetables in schools </li></ul><ul><li>12 schools </li></ul><ul><li>6000 children </li></ul>Albuquerque, New Mexico Valley Cluster Project
    9. 9. Organic Choices Salad Bar Olympia, Washington <ul><li>Organic fruits & vegetables, whole grain bread, protein choices, eggs, soymilk </li></ul><ul><li>F&V consumption increased by 27%; meal participation increase by 16% </li></ul><ul><li>The organic food costs more, but the program is financially viable. No outside funding for project. </li></ul>
    10. 10. Ohio Examples
    11. 11. Ohio Examples
    12. 12. Why we need Farm to School
    13. 13. Why we need farm to school <ul><li>For our Children </li></ul><ul><li>2.3- to 3.3-fold increase in childhood obesity over the last 25 years. </li></ul><ul><li>Our children will be the first generation to have a life expectancy shorter than their parents. </li></ul><ul><li>1 in 3 children born in 2000 will be diabetic in their lifetime (CDC). </li></ul>
    14. 14. Why we need farm to school <ul><li>For our Farmers </li></ul><ul><ul><li>330 farm operators leave their land every week. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>The farmer’s share of every dollar spent on food has dropped to 19 cents from 41 cents in 1950. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>In the 1930s, there were close to seven million farms in the United States. Today, just over two million farms remain— less than 1 percent of the country's population. </li></ul></ul>
    15. 15. Why we need farm to school <ul><li>For our Environment </li></ul><ul><li>Crop Varieties lost between 1903-1983 </li></ul><ul><li>Tomatoes: 80.6 percent </li></ul><ul><li>Lettuce: 92.8 percent </li></ul><ul><li>Corn: 90.8 percent </li></ul><ul><li>Apples: 86.2 percent </li></ul><ul><li>In the U.S., the typical food item now travels from 1,500 to 2,400 miles from farm to plate, i.e. A head of CA lettuce shipped to Washington DC requires 36x more fuel energy to transport than the food energy it provides. </li></ul>
    16. 16. Why we need farm to school <ul><li>Dollars and Sense </li></ul>Price of feeding one child school lunch during their tenure in k-12 = $6,000 Price of treating one adult for illness related to poor nutrition over the course of their life= $175,000 Farm to School = Priceless
    17. 17. How you do Farm to School
    18. 18. Implementing Farm to School <ul><li>Local Product used in: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>salad bars </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>hot entrees / other meal items </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>snack in classroom </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>taste tests </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>fundraisers </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Educational Activities: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>chef/farmer in class, cooking demos </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>greenhouses, waste management, recycling, and composting </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>farm tours </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>harvest of the month </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>CSA in the classroom </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>School gardens </li></ul></ul>
    19. 19. Let’s get started <ul><ul><li>Start small—taste testing, farm tour, apples </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Organize various stakeholders/hold a meeting </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Research area farmers </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Contact food service director and school administration </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Identify funding sources </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Market the program </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Volunteer </li></ul></ul>
    20. 20. National Farm to School Network Networking Training and Technical Assistance Policy Information Services Media and Marketing
    21. 22. www.farmtoschool.org Debra Eschmeyer [email_address] 419-753-3412

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