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FARM TO SCHOOL
Farm to School enriches the connection students and schools have with fresh, nutritious foods and local agriculture by providing youth education and one-on-one food service assistance to facilitate change in institutional purchasing and educational practices at schools.
A farmer-focused educational campaign, Communitiy Roots provides resources and educational opportunities to connect students to fruit and vegetable farmers and farms around Rhode Island. The goal of Community Roots is to increase awareness of, and access to, the local food system and Rhode Island grown crops — connecting the "Three C's" of Farm to School: Classroom, Cafeteria, and Community.
In order for students to get a well-rounded view of local food from farm to plate, reinforcing activities in all three areas is ideal. Working together in classrooms, cafeterias, and with farmers themselves is the best way to engage students in all three C’s, so we encourage knowing who is participating in your school and supporting each other in this endeavor!
Harvest of the Month
Every season brings new flavors to explore and celebrate! Our Harvest of the Month campaign engages school cafeterias and classrooms (as well as in hospitals, colleges, and senior centers) in these celebrations by highlighting the deliciousness of locally grown fruits and vegetables. The program exposes eaters to new produce while supporting local farmers in finding new markets for their crops. It also creates opportunities for food service to showcase their commitment to serving locally grown food. By providing promotional materials, one-on-one assistance, seasonal inspiration, and lesson ideas we make it easy for fresh fruits and veggies to shine.
A thriving Farm to School culture supports health-related outcomes for students and empowers youth to think critically about the food they eat. Repeated exposure through taste tests, school gardens, and lessons in the classroom leads to greater environmental awareness and an increased willingness to try fruits and vegetables. Whether you are looking for local food system education in your classroom or want to make a taste test at your school lunch extra special, our team of educators can help you bring the farm to your school.