Farm to school in Connecticut refers to efforts that bring regionally produced foods into schools, exposing students to local food through the cafeteria and hands-on learning activities such as gardening, farm visits, and culinary classes. Farm to school programs elevate the health of our children and communities while supporting local agriculture and local economies.
FoodCorps Connecticut, UConn Extension, and the CT State Department of Education are organizing partners of the CT Farm to School Collaborative, a statewide effort to enhance and support farm to school efforts throughout the state. Members of the Collaborative also include: Common Ground School Garden Resource Center, CT Department of Agriculture, the CT Department of Energy and Environmental Protection, End Hunger CT!, New England Dairy & Food Council, School Nutrition Association of CT, and UConn Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity.
Farm to school efforts in Connecticut are strengthened by the many initiatives working inside schools to help students learn about healthy eating and where food comes from including, Put Local on Your Tray, CT Grown for CT Kid’s Week, FoodCorps CT programming, and the CT School Garden Resource Center.