Farm to School

Farm to School
Farm to School

Empowering youth to love fresh food and to be food systems fluent

Read a one-pager on the RI Farm to School Project.

The RI Farm to School Project began in 2004 at Kids First and now continues at Farm Fresh Rhode Island as a part of our mission to connect every Rhode Islander with fresh, local food. At the same time that obesity and diabetes are occurring at record rates among children, the Farm to School Project empowers youth to think critically about the food they eat, to learn about nearby farms and how food is produced, and to taste for themselves that healthy, fresh foods can be super delicious. Paired with programs like Harvest Kitchen and Healthy Foods, Healthy Families, the Farm to School Project is a critical part of Farm Fresh's strategy for fostering a culture of healthy eating in the next generation of eaters.

Check out our Parents Guide: How To Host a Local Food Tasting in School Cafeterias.

A "Farm to School" taste test introduces students to fresh, nutritious foods while teaching them about locally grown fruits and vegetables. Taste tests are fun & memorable experiences for students, creating positive food environments & involving them in the choice to enjoy fresh fruits & vegetables in their school meal. Taste-testing events also help build community among school food service providers & the school community members that volunteer to host the activity.

Join the RI Farm to Cafeteria Team at the National Farm to Cafeteria Confrerence! Early-bird registration ends March 31, 2016

Farm to School
Farm to School

Check out what Farm to School
Can Offer Your School!

Local in the Cafeteria

  • Getting more locally grown foods into Rhode Island schools.
  • Assistance for school food buyers about buying from local farmers, with the goal of more fresh Rhode Island grown foods in more Rhode Island school cafeterias
  • Ask for RI Grown in your child's school!

Food System Education

  • Food systems curricula using hands-on experiences with food, farms and farmers as a starting point.
  • Learning about healthy eating and where our food comes from through farmers visiting schools, cooking demos in classrooms and cafeterias, and field trips to farms.

Who is engaged in Farm to School?

A Few of R.I.'s All-star Farmers... on Trading Cards!

Aquidneck Island Apiaries
Jeff Mello
Harmony Farms
Mary Ellen Smith
Quonset View Farms
Dave Cotta
Barden Family Orchards
Gil & Sandy Barden
Hill Orchards
Allan Hill
Rhode Island Nurseries
Jesse Rodrigues, Jr.

Captain Elisha Steere Farm
Jeff Booker

Jaswell's Farm
Allison Molis
Salisbury Farms
Wayne Salisbury
Confreda Greenhouses & Farms
Vinny Confreda
Knight Farm
Jeff Tanner
Schartner Farm
Richard Schartner

Crosswinds Little Farm
Hope Ryan


Nonquit Salad Farm
Jason Peckham
Steere Orchard
Jim Steere
Ferolbink Farm
Pete Peckham
Pezza Farm
The Pezza Family
Young Family Farm
Tyler Young

Goodwin Brothers Farm
Robert Goodwin


Pippin Orchard
Joe Polseno
Zephyr Farm
Michele Kozloski