In the Schools — Seed to Tray
Growing and Sharing
Fresh, local food
The goal of the Farm to School program is to serve the freshest local produce in school meals, while teaching students about the connection between growing healthy food and growing healthy bodies.
Now in its fourth year, the program provides diverse learning – and eating – opportunities! You can discover which school dishes feature local produce each week by clicking the dish on the online menu. You can find recipes for home use on our recipes page.
throughout the growing season
We are fortunate that our local growing season corresponds almost perfectly with the school year. Between mid-October and the end of April, every salad in Alachua County schools contains lettuce and/or kale grown in the county. During the warmer months, local cucumbers and green peppers are included as well.
In addition to food purchased from local farms, school gardens at 15 schools are producing salad fixings and collard greens for school lunches.
By the Numbers
The Reach of the Farm to School Program During School Year 2018-19
Link to Studies Supporting Farm to School Programming
Farm to School program proving its wealth in health: “Results showed students at schools with a FTS program ate 37% more vegetables than the average student consumed before their school adopted the program. In addition, the children consumed 11% more fruit.”
“USDA supports school gardens as a proven tactic for improving children’s attitudes and consumption of produce, and for incorporating experiential nutrition and agriculture education into school curriculum.”