Eating fresh foods AND having additional farm and food related education is the combination that turns kids into healthy eaters for a lifetime.
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Farm to School Education
Farm to School links school children with farm fresh food and educational activities that bring the whole world of agriculture to life and help instill lifestyle choices that nurture their bodies, their communities, and the planet.
Young people who have the chance to dig in a garden, learn about nutrition, agriculture and the natural world, and have the opportunity to cook fresh foods, are more likely to eat these healthy foods when they are served in the school cafeteria and when available to them at home.
2014-2015 Farm to School Educational Activities Recipients
In 2014-2015, Farm to Table made available $14,900 to 11 projects, in 13 schools, 7 of which have FoodCorps connections, across 7 school districts. The projects that were awarded funds in 2014-2015 helped to strengthen and deepen community relationships with others (organizations & school-based partners). Each project, in unique and meaningful ways, educated students with hands-on farm to school activities and provided opportunities to taste new and healthier foods. These activities, serve children to make healthier lifestyle choices into their futures!
Looking to strengthen how farm to school activities can be sustained beyond the school year, Farm to Table has initiated a new strategy focused on engaging farm to school ‘teams’, focus on building local capacity, supporting the integration of farm to school activities in schools; maximizing our role as a co-host for FoodCorpsNM; developing local champions within schools; and, exploring ways to increase connectivity and relationships.
This strategy served to anchor our capacity-building technical assistance and furthered the impact and viability of projects within the school setting. The Farm To School Educational Activities Program at Farm To Table-NM is made possible by Nirvana Mañana Institute and 1st National Bank of Santa Fe.
Fostering fun learning experiences between kids, school and local foods! View what 2015-2014, 2013 and 2012 Recipients have to say about the program! View Farm to School Educational Activities Recipients list for 2014-2015, 2013 and 2012.
Planting the Seeds of a Healthier Generation
Farm to School is a compelling and successful example of how food, gardening and agriculture can plant the seeds of a healthier generation.
Farm to School programs are shaped by each unique community and region. In New Mexico, Farm to School programs include the following dynamic approaches that together encourage learning, healthy eating and lifestyle:
- Farm to Cafeteria programs build relationships between school cafeterias and local farmers who want to expand their markets. Learn more >
- Farm to School Educational Activities encourage children’s curiosity through gardens and the world of farming while deepening their understanding of horticulture and the connection that fresh fruits and vegetables have to help their bodies grow strong and be healthy. Learn more >
- Farm to PreSchool is a natural extension of the farm to school model, and works to connect early care and education settings (preschools, Head Start, center-based programs, programs in K-12 school districts, and family child care programs).
- Let’s Move Salad Bars to Schools is a comprehensive grassroots public health effort to mobilize and engage stakeholders at the local, state and national level to support salad bars in schools. Learn more >
- School Wellness Policies are an important tool for parents, local education agencies (LEAs) and school districts to promote student wellness, preventing and reducing childhood obesity, and providing assurance that school meal nutrition guidelines meet the federal school meal standards. Learn more >
- Pollinator Partners provide hands-on trainings about the importance of supporting honeybees and pollinators in garden designs as part of Farm to Table’s Farm to School Educational Activities. Learn more >
A child who has picked a stem of broccoli is more likely to taste it and to continue eating it,
than one who simply sees it in a store bin or on a cafeteria tray.