Farm to Table

Farm to Table School Lunch Programs:

National Farm to School Program is a collaborative program of Center for Food & Justice and the Community Food Security Coalition. Program connects schools with local farms with the objectives of serving healthy meals in school cafeterias, improving student nutrition, providing health and nutrition education opportunities that will last a lifetime, and supporting local small farmers. ***

ATTRA – National Sustainable Agriculture Information Service “Bringing Local Food to Local Institutions: A Resource Guide for Farm-to-School and Farm-to-Institution Programs”

School Nutrition Association: Search database for topic then register.

Ann Cooper,Β TED Video. Speaking at the 2007 EG conference, “renegade lunch lady” Ann Cooper talks about the coming revolution in the way kids eat at school — local, sustainable, seasonal and even educational food. *** A must watch!

Lunch Lessons,Β Chef Ann (Cooper) offers consulting services for school administrators, revamping their school lunch programs. She works with schools to incorporate integrated school lunch curriculums that not only promote nutrition and food education, but serve healthful foods and increase the availability of healthy food and nutrition choices for kids and teens.

Better School Food is a group of dedicated parents, educators and health professionals committed to working with local communities to improve meals and increase awareness of the connection between good food, good health and a student’s ability to learn effectively.

School Lunch Initiative, invites local parents, educators, and a nation-wide audience to learn about the changes going on in the Berkeley Unified School District under this unique collaboration of public and private organizations. See what is being served in their lunch rooms, find tips and resources, learn about the project and partners, or find out how you can help with support.

Edible Schoolyard, organic garden and kitchen classroom. Using food systems as a unifying concept, students learn how to grow, harvest, and prepare nutritious seasonal produce. The original Alice Waters’ program. See their helpful resources.

Waste-free lunch program is a process of educating students, parents, and school staff about where our trash ends up and how we, as individuals, can reduce the amount of trash we generate. Waste-free lunch programs favor the use of reusable food containers, drink containers, utensils, and napkins.

FoodCorps, a national AmeriCorps school garden program. With support from the Kellogg Foundation. Project start fall, 2011. Putting young adults to work building school gardens and sourcing fresh food from local farms in the schools and communities where childhood obesity has hit hardest.

Farm-to-College programs connect colleges and universities with producers in their area to provide local farm products for meals and special events on campus. The Community Food Security Coalition works to help farmers, food service personnel, students, faculty and others to establish and maintain farm-to-college programs. Β  Farm to Table/School Lunch Programs.

Farm to Table School Lunch Program (Reports):

USDA Report: Small Farms/School Meals Initiative, A Step-by-Step Guide on How to Bring Small Farms and Local Schools Together.

USDA’s “Guide to Buying and Serving Locally-Grown Produce in School Meals” Eat Smart-Farm Fresh. 12-2005. Lists many reports at end of Guide.***

Ecoliteracy’s Rethinking School Lunch Guide See; An interview with Marsha Guerrero, program coordinator of The Edible Schoolyard.

Food and Nutrition:

Ecoliteracy‘s Publications Page. ***

USDA. Food and Nutrition Information Center. Lots of links and info.

EPA’s Fish Advisory Teaches kids about contaminants in fish and fish consumption advisories using fun, interactive stories and games. Designed for kids ages 8–12.

Children’s Health Environmental Coalition. Safe Fish CHEC List For Children, Teens and All Women of Child-bearing Age. With good general suggestions.


Kids Gardening. National Gardening Association’s site. Lots of info. Grants, Classroom Projects, activities, resources.

Collective Roots mission is to educate and engage youth and communities in food system change through sustainable programs that impact health, education, and the environment. Their three program areas: garden-based education, food systems change, and environmental action.

Life Lab Science Program is nationally acknowledged as an expert leader in the development and dissemination of garden-centered educational programs.

City Farmer’s “Children and Urban Agriculture” describes projects — with links.

Kinder Garden. An introduction to the many ways children can interact with plants and the outdoors- ideas for gardening with kids. Texas A&M Horticulture.

Garden Mosaics– Connects youth and elders, to investigate the mosaic of plants, people, and cultures in gardens, to learn about science, and to act together to enhance their community.


Written by Keiren

Keiren is an artist who lives in New York City. A lover of animals, nature, science & green building. Keiren originally founded Inspiration Green in 2007, which merged with Insteading in 2016.

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