October is National Farm to School Month – a time to celebrate the connections happening all over the country between children and local food and farms. From taste tests in the cafeteria and nutrition education activities in the classrooms, to farm visits and school garden harvest parties, join the celebration!
10 Ways to Celebrate National Farm to School Month
Give the Garden Some Love: Is anything growing in your school garden? Plan a harvest day celebration or garden clean-up day to prepare the garden for winter.
Connect with a Local Farm: Take a field trip to a nearby farm or ask a farmer to present to your class about what it’s like to live and work on a farm.
Get Fresh at the Farmer’s Market: Is there a farmer’s market in your community? Take a field trip to the market or encourage families to go to the market and post a photo of their purchases on social media using the hashtag #NationalFarmToSchoolMonth.
Get Artsy with Local Food: Ask students to bring in local produce to make food art in the classroom or as part of art class.
Try Something New: Feature a new local menu item for school breakfast or lunch. Host a taste test of the new item so students can try it.
Celebrate Food Day: Many communities celebrate Food Day in October where fresh, local food is celebrated. Connect with your community to learn how your school can participate in Food Day festivities. Some states even provide guides to schools to help identify opportunities to participate.
Bring Together the Family: Host a Farm-to-School themed family night to educate the whole family on healthy, local food.
Do a Demo: Ask a local organization to do a cooking demonstration during the lunch period, or ask family and consumer science students to host it. Are there simple recipes that could later be featured on the school lunch menu?