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Farm To School

  1. 2. What is Farm to School <ul><li>Farm to school is a program through which schools buy and feature locally produced, farm-fresh foods on their menus. </li></ul><ul><li>As a result students have access to fresh, local foods, and farmers have access to new markets through school sales. </li></ul>
  2. 3. Farm to School programs have a variety of Objectives <ul><li>Reconnecting communities, through children, to the food system. </li></ul><ul><li>Providing health and nutrition education. </li></ul><ul><li>Supporting local farmers. </li></ul><ul><li>Incorporate nutrition-based curriculum in the class rooms. </li></ul>
  3. 4. 3 C’s <ul><li>Cafeterias </li></ul><ul><li>Curriculum </li></ul><ul><li>Community </li></ul>
  4. 5. Cafeterias <ul><li>Healthy, Local foods on school cafeteria menus. </li></ul>
  5. 6. Curriculum <ul><li>Lessons integrated in classroom curriculum to: </li></ul><ul><li>- Connect kids with the source of their food </li></ul><ul><li>- Teach children their food choices matter to their health, the environment, and the people who grow it. </li></ul>
  6. 7. Community <ul><li>Partnering with Community  groups and individuals for experiential learning with field trips, gardening, and cooking experiences. </li></ul>
  7. 8. This program can be the ONE solution to a LARGE issue.
  8. 9. WHY? <ul><li>There has been a dramatic increase in obesity in the U.S. over the last 20 years. </li></ul><ul><li>There is an alarming increase in availability of unhealthy foods and drinks on school campuses, influencing your eating choices. </li></ul>
  9. 10. <ul><li>Healthy options in cafeterias and educating students, we can understand how our food choices affect our health, our family and the local farmer. </li></ul>Local Farmers are losing out on potential markets due to problems rooted in our food system.
  10. 11. IN MINNESOTA <ul><li>Hopkins, MN and St. Paul school districts have been sourcing local food for several years. </li></ul><ul><li>The Little Falls School District received the congressional Hunger Award for their Farm to School work. </li></ul>
  11. 12. <ul><li>Organic foods are foods that have been produced on an organic farm without any use of synthetic chemicals. </li></ul>Farm to School results in Natural, ORGANIC foods in your cafeterias.
  12. 13. <ul><li>Studies have proved that organic foods are higher in nutrient content than conventional foods. </li></ul>
  13. 14. What is stopping schools from going completely Organic?
  14. 15. It seems easy! <ul><li>Just remove the vending machines that are selling soda and junk food in schools… right? </li></ul><ul><li>But the politics behind that are staggering! </li></ul>
  15. 16. Schools are hard pressed for money! <ul><li>Schools often face budget cuts and can receive kickbacks from the corporate vending giants to keep machines on campus, that can often pay for: </li></ul><ul><li>Textbooks </li></ul><ul><li>Supplies </li></ul><ul><li>Jerseys </li></ul><ul><li>Ect. </li></ul>
  16. 17. Organic Aint Easy!!! <ul><li>Another issue preventing organic cafeterias … </li></ul><ul><li>Organic food can often cost as much as 30% more than conventional cafeteria food. </li></ul>
  17. 18. Join the Fight for Change! <ul><li>The Organic Consumers Association has launched “Appetite for a Change”. </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul>
  18. 19. Appetite for a Change <ul><li>The Appetite for a Change (AFC) 4 goals… </li></ul><ul><li>Stop </li></ul><ul><li>Kick </li></ul><ul><li>Start </li></ul><ul><li>Teach </li></ul>
  19. 20. STOP! <ul><li>STOP spraying toxic pesticides on school property, playgrounds and in buildings, and convert to integrated pest management practices. </li></ul>
  20. 21. KICK! <ul><li>KICK junk foods and junk food ads out of our schools! </li></ul>
  21. 22. START <ul><li>START converting school lunches to healthier menus, using locally grown and/or organic and transition to organic ingredients. </li></ul><ul><li>START offering vegetarian options </li></ul>
  22. 23. TEACH <ul><li>TEACH kids about healthy food choices and sustainable agriculture through school garden projects and curriculum materials. </li></ul>
  23. 24. LETS GET NATURAL FOODS IN OUR SCHOOL TODAY! <ul><li>It’s good for your health, it’s good for your environment, and it’s good for your local farmer! </li></ul>
  24. 25. TO GET MORE INFORMATION ON FARM TO SCHOOL OPTIONS <ul><li>Go to </li></ul>