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National Farm to School Month

Take One Small Step for Farm to School

October is National Farm to School Month, a time to celebrate the connections happening all over the country between children and local food. From taste tests in the cafeteria and nutrition education activities in the classroom, to farm visits and school garden harvest parties, schools, early care and education sites, farms, communities and organizations in all 50 states and D.C. join in the celebrations. 

National Farm to School Month was designated by Congress in 2010 to demonstrate the growing importance of farm to school programs as a means to improve child nutrition, support local economies and educate children about the origins of food. In 2015, we partnered with more than 200 organizations to promote farm to school throughout October, reaching an audience of more than 2.7 million. If your organization would like to be a National Farm to School Month Outreach Partner during our 2016 campaign, please sign up here.

Everyone can celebrate Farm to School Month! Check out our 2016 campaign theme and resources, read Farm to School Month blogs, and visit our resource database to see how communities around the country celebrate. 

Farm to School Month Sponsors

We are grateful for the support of our National Farm to School Month Sponsors: 


One Small Step

The 2016 National Farm to School Month theme, One Small Step, highlights the simple ways anyone - from students, parents and food enthusiasts to food producers and nutrition professionals - can take small steps to get informed, get involved and take action to advance farm to school in their own communities and across the country. 

During October, take the One Small Step Pledge and you'll be entered to win support for farm to school activities at the school or early care and education site of your choice! Everyone who signs the pledge will receive weekly emails throughout October with suggestions of small steps you can take to advance farm to school in your community and nationally. Take the pledge now! 

Every week of National Farm to School Month we'll celebrate a different theme:

  • Education (Oct. 3-7)
  • Healthy School Meals (Oct. 10-14)
  • Farmers + Producers (Oct. 17-21)
  • The Next Generation (Oct. 24-28)
Plan National Farm to School Month celebrations for your school and community using the resources below.

2016 Resources

Everyone can celebrate National Farm to School Month! The National Farm to School Network has developed resources and activities to promote Farm to School Month in schools, early care and education settings, communities and media outlets.

Throughout October, we’ll be sharing stories and information on our blog about how farm to school is empowering children and their families to make informed food choices and contributing to vibrant communities. Our resource database is home to even more information and includes searchable tags for Farm to School Month as well as topics like farm to early care and education, school gardens and procurement.

Here are a few key resources to get you started:

To find more National Farm to School Month resources, check the "Farm to School Month" box in the search sidebar of our Resource Library. There are also Farm to School Month stickers, buttons, posters and more available in our shop. 

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Farm to School Month Outreach Partners

Every year, more than 200 organizations join us in spreading the word about National Farm to School Month. The following organizations signed on to support Farm to School Month 2016. We are grateful to these organizations for their partnership. 

Action Partners Foundation
Advocates for Health in Action
Alabama Department of Agriculture and Industries
Alaska Division of Agriculture
Alma Community Outreach
ASAP (Appalachian Sustainable Agriculture Project)
ASD #38- 21st Century Community Learning Center
Association for Child Development
Aullwood Audubon Center and Farm
Bacon County Middle School
Barren County Schools
Barrow County Schools
Berry Good Farms
Brighton Academy
BUILD Initiative
California Black Health Network
Capital District Child Care Council
Center for Rural Affairs
Central Louisiana Local Foods Regional Working Group
Chartwells K12
Chef Ann Foundation
Cherry Capital Foods
Chesapeake Foodshed Network
Child Care Aware of America
Child Care Aware of Virginia
Child Care Council of Nassau - Minute Menu Systems
College of Menominee Nation
Colorado Farm to School Task Force
Community Alliance with Family Farmers/ CA F2S Network
Cooking for Kids
Coppell Independent School District
Crescent City Grade School
Cultiva La Salud
Davis Joint Unified School District
DC Greens
Decatur County School Nutrition
Detroit Public Schools Community District
Early Years Network
Emeril Lagasse Foundation
F.I.T. Nutrition
Farm Aid
Farm Credit
Farm to Keiki
Feeding the Gulf Coast
Food Bank of North Alabama - Farm Food Collaborative
Full Circle Farm Sunnyvale
Gateway Greening
Georgia Organics
Green Schools National Network
Hartford Public Schools
Hawaii Department of Agriculture
Healthy Community Food Systems
Healthy Lombard Foundation
Healthy Schools Campaign
Idaho State Department of Agriculture
Illinois Stewardship Alliance
Indiana Farm to Early Care and Education
Innoko River School
Inside School Food on the Heritage Radio Network
International Network for Urban Agriculture
Iowa Association for Education Young Children
Joyful Treats CDC
Kairos Academy
Kansas Agri-Women
Kid's Gardening
Kids All Dressed Up
Kokua Hawaii Foundation
Leap-Learning Enrichment After School Program
Lenawee Intermediate School District
Let's Move! Child Care
Let's Move Salad Bars to Schools
Life Time Foundation

Little Red Schoolhouse
LiveWell Colorado
Maine School Garden Network
Malama Kaua`i
Marin Child Care Council
Maryland Department of Agriculture
Massachusetts Farm to School
Mill City Grows
Mississippi Farm to School Network
Montana Team Nutrition Program
MSU Extension - Barry County
MSU Center for Regional Food Systems
National CACFP Sponsors Association
National Education Association
National Farmers Union
National Young Farmers Coalition
Nelson and Pade, Inc.
Nevada Department of Agriculture
New Britain ROOTS
New England Farmers Union
New Jersey Department of Agriculture
Newman's Own Foundation
North Metro Academy for Performing Arts
Office of the State Superintendent of Education
Opaa! Food Management
Opportunities Exchange
Orange County Partnership for Young Children
Oregon Farm to School and School Garden Network
Parry Center for Children
Prairie Playhouse Childcare Center
Prescott Farmers Market
Primex Garden Center
REAP Food Group
Renewing the Countryside
Rocky Mountain Farmers Union
Rogue Valley Farm to School
Sacramento City Unified School District
Saint Odilo School
Salmon School Garden Project
San Ysidro School District
SC Farm to Institution
Schoharie Valley Farm to School Project
School Meals That Rock
School Nutrition Association
Schoolyard Farms
Shift Bars, LLC
Sidney Central School District
Sierra Harvest
Simply Natural Living
SnoValley Farm to School Project
Sodexo/Stilwell Public Schools
Spoons Across America
Sprout Farms
STEM Lab School
Sykora Wilderness Academy
Tennessee Department of Education
The Hungry Redworm
The International Rescue Committee
Tiburon Health
Try Backyard Farming
University of Minnesota Extension
USDA Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion
USDA Office of Community Food Systems
UW-Madison, Center for Integrated Agricultural Systems
Valley Food Partnership
Vernon School
Washington Ozaukee Public Health Department
Washington State Department of Agriculture
Weld County District 6 Nutrition Services
West Jefferson School District #253
White Leaf Provisions
Whitsons School Nutrition
Winnford Academy
WY Department of Education

Farm to School Month outreach partners are a crucial component to helping us spread the message that farm to school benefits kids, farmers and communities in every corner of the country. If your organization would like to promote Farm to School Month on its communication channels, please fill out this organization sign on form

Let's keep farm to school growing!

The National Farm to School Network is strengthening farm to school across the county.  
Help us ensure kids have access to healthy, local foods every month!