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FARM TO SCHOOL & COMMUNITY EDUCATION

Farm to School and Community Education enrich the connection people of all ages have to local food, agriculture, nutrition, and the environment through hands-on education. Farm Fresh Rhode Island focuses on providing the information needed to make healthful choices about food that reflect peoples’ values, health, and culture. We provide these services in a variety of settings across the state — including at K-12 schools, libraries, preschool/daycare settings, community centers, farms, senior centers and residences, and farmers markets. And as a core partner for the National Farm to School Network, we serve as a liaison for information, resources, needs, and opportunities from the state with the national network.

What We Offer

We strive to be the local food system go-to for the community, offering a variety of services, programs, and resources. Our Farm to School team provides a “Harvest of the Month” campaign, cafeteria taste tests, garden programs, in-class and after-school lessons on the food system, and one-on-one assistance for school communities. Our Community Education team delivers programming outside of schools — such as hands-on cooking demonstrations at senior centers, farmers-market based Healthy Foods, Healthy Families activities, summer camp gardening programs, and outreach at local events. We are also available to help connect you to local farms, locally grown food, and resources!

FARM TO SCHOOL

Learn about our team's efforts to infuse healthful habits and locally sourced eating into youth classroom and school cafeteria experiences — and get your school involved!

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COMMUNITY EDUCATION

See how local food nourishes communities of all ages through our farmers market activities, gardening programs, and learning experiences for seniors.

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RESOURCES

Looking to get started or dig deeper? Make use of our seasonal recipes, lesson plans, coloring and activity sheets, reading lists, and more!s.

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FARM FRESH RHODE ISLAND VIDEOS

Check Out Our Work

Get a glimpse at some of our programs that help cafeterias serve more fresh, local foods while offering hands-on learning opportunities for students and seniors.

 


90%

Rhode Island school districts surveyed who participate in farm to school activities

7,260+

People reached through Farm to School & Community Education programming in 2019

96%

HFHF Families who reported eating more fruit and vegetables because of the program