Farm-to-School Programs

March 29, 2007

by Rochelle Davis, HSC Executive Director

Earlier this month I wrote about our commitment to providing school children with the healthiest and tastiest food available and our support for the Illinois Food, Farms and Job Act.

This is part of our overall support for farm-to-school programs. Farm-to-school programs have two components: incorporating regional purchasing into school food programs; and incorporating lessons about food — where it comes from, how it is grown, how to cook it — into the classroom.

If you want to learn more about farm-to-school programs, take a look at the report “Going Local: Paths to Success for Farm to School Programs” (PDF). It includes a chapter about “Fresh From the Farm,” an educational program in the Chicago area that was created by our friends and allies Seven Generations Ahead.