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 has encourage the growth of preferential local foods purchasing in more than 217 public school districts, 33 other K-12 schools, and dozens of colleges. Profitable sales routes for local farmers and affordable purchasing for local schools have developed as we learn more about how to make this food system change possible. Educating school customers about ensuring local foods integrity when purchasing through a conventional distributor has also been important. It's inspiring that school systems as large as Lawrence and Worcester, or as small as Maynard and Plainville have begun to 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.