What is Farm to School?
Farm to School programs connect schools with local farms. Schools buy and feature farm fresh foods on their menus, incorporate nutrition education curriculum, and provide students experiential learning opportunities through farm visits, gardening, and recycling programs. Farmers have access to a new market and participate in programs designed to educate children about local food and agriculture.
Farm to School programs:
- Promote healthy eating habits and reduce the risk of childhood obesity and other related disorders.
- Provide children with access to local, healthy, fresh foods.
- Facilitate education about nutrition, food, and agriculture through curriculum and activity based, experiential learning.
- Increase school lunch participation and revenues to schools.
- Open up new markets and increase revenues for farmers.
- Generate community support and awareness about local food systems and agriculture.
UCCE Master Gardener’s Garden Based Learning
Garden Based learning is a program to train teachers methods to educate students in a garden setting about the environment, agriculture, and conservation allowing teachers to meet the California State Standards in math, science, and language arts in a garden environment. The SLO County Garden Based Learning Program (previously known as Junior Master Gardeners is dedicated to providing assistance to SLO County Schools (K-12) through consultation, on site garden development, teaching materials, teacher workshops, and student specific lectures and experiments. http://ucanr.edu/sites/mgslo/