Farm to School programs come in many shapes and sizes unique to the communities that build them. After exploring the resources and existing programs on the left, contact your state Farm to School lead for additional information and assistance specific to Massachusetts:
The Massachusetts Farm to School Project has been matching up schools and farmers since 2004, helping to create sustainable local foods purchasing relationships. This grassroots project encourages the growth of preferential local foods purchasing in hundreds of K-12 public schools, independent schools and colleges across the state. Profitable sales routes for farmers and affordable purchasing for schools have developed as we learn more about how to make this food system change possible through direct sales, or through conventional distributors. Educating farmers about institutional markets, food service directors about seasonal availability, and teachers, students and families about eating healthy, locally grown produce are all important aspects of our work.
It's inspiring that school systems as large as Lawrence and Worcester, or as small as Maynard and Plainville serve fresh, local foods in their cafeterias!
|Farm to School Programs profiled on this site
| Number of Schools Involved||402 |
| Number of Districts Involved||217 |
| Farm to School programs in this state (estimated)*||94 |
* estimated by the National Farm to School program, Center for Food & Justice, Occidental College. All other statistics based on information posted on this site.