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 Kentucky: This program is a collaborative effort between the USDA, the Kentucky Department of Agriculture, the University of Kentucky Extension and Nutrition ducation Program, the Department of Education, the US Department of Defense and the Department of Public Health. All schools in the state are encouraged and able to request and receive local produce if prices are comparable to out of state produce. The Kentucky Department of Agriculture facilitates communication between farmers and schools making it possible to serve local produce. The DOD provides purchasing expertise, helping to set prices and work with farmers. The DOD also seeks out small-scale farmers and maintains contact with growers. The program is broadly supported by the State of Kentucky. Bring together nutritious, fresh local produce and our Kentucky school children is a win-win to any state. Not only is it healthy but it strengthens our communities and keeps our heritage of farming alive.
The Kentucky Farm to School program is committed to our farmers and our communities. Our goal is to bring together the freshness and high quality of our Kentucky Proud products and schools. Dedicated to the youth of Kentucky we feel that our collaborating efforts in supporting the Farm to School program it will allow kids to grow into healthier adults who are educated about local food production and who demand local products.
|Farm to School Programs profiled on this site
| Number of Schools Involved||1243 |
| Number of Districts Involved||174 |
| Farm to School programs in this state (estimated)*||174 |
* estimated by the National Farm to School program, Center for Food & Justice, Occidental College. All other statistics based on information posted on this site.