Encyclopedia of Food and Agricultural Ethics

2019 Edition
| Editors: David M. Kaplan

Farm to School

Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-94-024-1179-9_617



The Farm to School movement emerged in the United States in the mid-1990s with the goal of connecting schools and local farms to improve student nutrition and strengthen farming economies. The movement engages a number of organizations, businesses, agencies, and activists in the public and private sectors working together to accomplish three interrelated goals:
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    Expand markets for agricultural producers and food entrepreneurs

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    Serve fresh and minimally processed foods and a wide variety of fruits and vegetables in schools

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    Increase students’ and communities’ awareness of local food production, nutrition, and their local environments (National Farm to School Network 2017)

Farm to School has developed a wide variety of programs and initiatives to achieve these goals, such as establishing school gardens, taking student field trips to local farms and orchards, scheduling...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Archaeology/AnthropologyUniversity of Wisconsin-La CrosseLa CrosseUSA