Changing the way kids eat and think about food
We believe that if we can change the way that kids eat and think about food we can have a positive impact on their future and the health of our farms. FTS programs focus on 3 different areas:
- Educating kids about healthy food
- Hands-on engagement with fresh fruits and vegetables in school gardens and kitchens
- Access to healthy food from local farms in school cafeterias
Our Farm-to-School Program provides programs, resources, and networking opportunities to schools in the Northeast Kingdom, supporting their efforts to build school gardens, source local food, and provide nutrition and agriculture education.
The Farm-to-School Program provides hands-on programming, resources, and networking opportunities to 22 schools in the NEK, supporting efforts to build and maintain school gardens, source local food, and provide nutrition and agriculture education. Through this work, NEK students have the knowledge and skills they need to make healthy food choices and regularly eat local foods in the cafeteria.
We work with schools to develop a sustainable program that builds staff capacity to embed Farm to School activities across the classroom, cafeteria, and community. As every school is different, with distinct priorities and diverse community resources, we provide different levels of service depending on a school’s readiness for Farm-to-School with the goal of bringing all schools to a thriving program level.