Celebrate National Farm to School Month in October
October is National Farm to School Month, a time to celebrate connections happening all over the country between schools, food, and local farmers! FFED is an outreach partner with the National Farm to School Network to spread the word about this fun and important month. How is your school celebrating?
In Iowa, many schools will support the movement on October 11–the second annual Iowa Local Food Day! On this day, participating K-12 school districts, colleges, and childcare centers will serve menus featuring local ingredients. To participate, schools must serve at least two local items for breakfast or lunch. Local items on salad bars and taste-tests count toward the two items served. Schools can participate any time throughout the month of October.
- Need support finding local food? Food hubs are ready to help schools with their local food goals. They are the local food experts! Find a hub near you using our Iowa Food Hub Directory.
- About National Farm to School Month Fact Sheet. This two-page fact sheet provides a general overview of National Farm to School Month, and is a great resource to send home to families, display in the cafeteria, or have available at Farm to School Month events.
Why farm to school?
Farm to school enriches the connections communities have with fresh, healthy food and local food producers by changing food purchasing and education practices at schools and early care and education settings. With farm to school, students gain access to healthy, local foods as well as education opportunities such as school gardens, cooking lessons and farm field trips.
Over the past decade, the farm to school movement has boomed across the United States, reaching millions of students in all 50 states, Washington, D.C., and U.S. territories. Farm to school is an important tool in the fight against childhood obesity and food insecurity. In addition to improving child health, schools create new markets for local and regional farmers and contribute to vibrant communities when they buy locally: a win-win-win scenario!
Whether you are a food service professional, a farmer, a teacher or a food-loving family, there are plenty of ways to celebrate and get involved in National Farm to School Month! Find free resources – including posters, stickers, coloring pages, and suggested activities – and a calendar of events happening across the country on the National Farm to School Network’s website.