Farm to School in Classrooms & Community

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In this section, learn more about farm to school outside of cafeterias and school gardens: farm to school happens in classrooms, throughout the school, and in the community! It's also a great way for parents, non-profits, volunteers, and the community to get involved in farm to school in the cafeteria and beyond.

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There are so many ways students, parents, teachers and community members can get involved with Farm to School. From fresh fruit and vegetable tasting in schools and setting up school gardens to hosting farm-raiser fundraising events or integrating nutrition into school wellness policies, there are ways everyone in the community can get involved in farm to school.

School Wellness Policies

School wellness policies are a great way to articulate a school community's values and can build farm to school components into school food and the general food environment at schools. (See our School Wellness Policy page for more information.)

Smarter Lunchrooms & Cafeteria Environments

A Smarter Lunchroom nudges students to make healthier choices when provided with the full spectrum of choice. These “nudges” are research-based concepts identified by the Cornell BEN Center.

With support from Team Nutrition Grants, the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) has created Smarter Lunchrooms and Smarter Mealtimes in Washington schools and child care programs. Using feedback gathered from school professionals and child care providers, a Smarter Lunchrooms Toolkit and Smarter Mealtimes Toolkit were created. Download a copy of the toolkit and supplemental materials for free today:
Washington Smarter Lunchrooms Toolkit

Creating Cafeteria Environments That Promote Healthy Eating is a report on lunchroom environments with recommendations and best practices compiled by Whatcom Farm to School support team. Two additional tools for creating better cafeteria environments are:

Other Ideas for Getting Involved

The Food Trust's Healthy School Toolkit - This toolkit guides teachers and other members of the school community in implementing The Food Trust's highly successful Comprehensive School Nutrition Policy Initiative. The initiative was found to reduce the incidence of childhood overweight by 50%. These results were published in the Journal of Pediatrics.

The video below is another great example of how school communities can get involved in farm to school. Made by students, parents and the school community from Lincoln Elementary School in Mount Vernon, WA., this video was the first place winner for the Real Food Is... Challenge. Fifth grader Olivia Farrell from Lincoln Elementary School accepted the award at the National Farm to School Conference in Detroit, MI.