Farm to School 

Farm to School is a comprehensive effort to increase access to healthy food options for Indiana students and create new market opportunities for Indiana farmers. The term “farm to school” encompasses efforts that: Source locally grown foods as part of the school meal or snack program; Offer hands-on learning activities such as school gardening, farm visits, food demonstrations and tastings; Integrate food, agriculture and nutrition education into the regular, standards-based classroom curriculum.

School Gardens


Food Education

Facts about farm to school

Farm to school is shown to:

  • Increase fruit and vegetable consumption in students (+1 serving) and positive diet changes at home.
  • Increase knowledge about gardening, agriculture, healthy food, local and seasonal food in students.
  • Increase willingness by students to try new, healthy food in the cafeteria and at home.
  • Lower school meal program costs and increase meal participation 3-16% in the cafeteria.
  • Decrease food waste in the lunchroom.
  • Improve cafeteria staff morale and knowledge of local food.

Is your school participating?


Indiana Farm to School Network – Farm to School's goal is to enable every child to have access to nutritious food while simultaneously benefiting communities and local farmers.

USDA Farm to School Program – As part of the USDA, the Food and Nutrition Service houses the Farm to School Program in the Office of Community Food Systems (OCFS). Our Midwest Regional office is located in Chicago and many learning, research and grant resources are listed on the OCFS website.

National Farm to School Network – national non-profit organization that provides vision, leadership and support at the state, regional and national levels to connect and expand the farm to school movement.

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