There are multiple strategies to improve the health of children and communities. These simple first steps will help you develop a plan and decide the best plan for your school(s).
- Form a team and collaborate. School food service staff, teachers, administrators, school nurses, local farmers, students, Master Gardeners, County Extension Agents, parents and community organizations each have an important role in establishing a sustainable farm to school program. Learn the benefits a farm to school team here.
- Establish one or two attainable goals to get started. Some ideas include:
- Promote farm to school in your school and community through newsletters, marketing in the cafeteria or classroom, websites, and media.
- Identify menu items that you would like to transition to local products.
- Find a farmer or distributor to connect you to local items.
- Plan a local meal event.
- Determine training needs to assist food service staff with incorporating farm fresh items in meals.
- Bring a school garden planning team together.
- Identify curricular opportunities to connect to a school garden.
- Bring a chef into the classroom.
- Plan a farm field trip or host a tasting event featuring local produce.
- Learn from others. If you are running into an obstacle, there is likely someone who has run into it before. Connect and learn from others through: