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.
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.
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