Farm to School

Farm to school empowers children and their families to make informed food choices while strengthening the local economy and contributing to vibrant communities.

Implementation

Farm to school implementation differs by location but always includes one or more of the following: procurement (local foods are purchased, promoted and served in the cafeteria or as a snack or as a taste-test); education (students participate in education activities related to agriculture, food, health or nutrition); school gardens (students engage in hands-on learning through gardening). In the past, Oberlin High School, the Boys and Girls Club and Eastwood and Prospect Elementary all has on-site gardens. This is no longer the case, but OCS is committed to working with Oberlin City Schools to support farm to school initiatives.

In Summary

Farm to school programs are activities that teach children in schools about where food comes from and why it's important to participate responsibly in a food system, and how to do that. Farm to school also encourages schools to make these activities and programs part of their curriculum.