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Farm to school is taking place in all 50 states, D.C. and U.S. Territories! Select a location from the list below to learn more or contact a Core Partner.
Kentucky, Louisiana and Pennsylvania
Growing farm to school, state by state
In March 2015, the National Farm to School Network launched Seed Change in Kentucky, Louisiana and Pennsylvania with the generous support of the Walmart Foundation. Through outreach, training and mini grants to fund projects on the ground, Seed Change brought more local food, more school gardens, and more food and farm education to students and communities across each state. This project was completed in August 2016.
Mini Grants: A total of 100 school sites received $5,000 mini grants to support the implementation of concrete farm to school activities and build school-wide support and enthusiasm for increased engagement and associated positive outcomes.
Demonstration Sites: Two model school districts with strong farm to school programming in Kentucky, Louisiana and Pennsylvania served as Demonstration Sites and training hubs for other school districts to visit and learn from. Mini grantees traveled to these sites for farm to school trainings and to meet and learn from their colleagues across the state.
State-Level Networking & Technical Assistance: National Farm to School Network partners in Kentucky, Louisiana and Pennsylvania conducted outreach and training activities, created information resources and developed strong networks of stakeholders to rapidly expand farm to school activities across each state.
Learn about the Seed Change mini grantees and demonstration sites by selecting a state and scrolling over the maps below. Downloadable versions of the maps are available here: Kentucky, Louisiana, Pennsylvania.
A total of 100 school sites received $5,000 mini grants to support the implementation of concrete farm to school activities and build school-wide support and enthusiasm for increased engagement and associated positive outcomes. Grantees’ farm to school activities included:
Two model school districts with strong farm to school programming were selected in each state of Kentucky, Louisiana and Pennsylvania to serve as Demonstration Sites and training hubs for other school districts in the state to visit and learn from.
Kentucky: Boyle County Board of Education; Perry County Schools
Louisiana: Lafayette Parish School System; Richland Parish School Board
Pennsylvania: State College School District; Great Valley School District
From September through December 2015, the Demonstration Sites held a total of 15 experiential tours and trainings, reaching all mini grantees. According to evaluation results, the Demonstration Site trainings directly expanded participants’ knowledge about various aspects of farm to school, including the following outcomes:
State-level partners are essential to building and maintaining strong state networks and for ensuring schools access to robust training and technical assistance. National Farm to School Network partners in Kentucky, Louisiana and Pennsylvania coordinated Seed Change at the state level, including outreach and training activities and networking of stakeholders and experts to support the expansion of farm to school across the state.
To learn more about the Seed Change initiative, contact National Farm to School Network staff:
Sunny Baker, Interim Senior Director, Programs and Policy
Seed Change in Kentucky, Louisiana and Pennsylvania was made possible by a generous grant
from the Walmart Foundation, which shares the National Farm to School Network’s commitment to
improving child and community health through innovative partnerships.