WHO WE ARE
The Farm to School Collective consists of the following San Diego local school districts: Cajon Valley Union, Escondido Union, Julian Union, Lakeside Union, La Mesa-Spring Valley, Santee, San Diego Unified, San Ysidro, and Sweetwater Union High.
WHAT WE DO
The Farm to School Collective is a group of school districts holding a coordinated farm to school marketing campaign. The purpose of the campaign is to raise awareness of farm to school and to showcase the constantly improving school meals provided within Collective school districts. The Collective also works to mobilize advocates to show support for farm to school and school meal programs, both of which are important in the fight against hunger and obesity, among other benefits.
WHAT IS FARM TO SCHOOL?
Farm to School is an exciting program in the United States through which schools buy and feature produce from local farmers on school menus.
The three core elements of Farm to School include:
Procurement - Purchasing and promoting local foods that are served in the school meals.
Nutrition Education - Educational activities for students to learn about agriculture, food, health, and nutrition.
School Gardens - Students receive hands-on learning through gardening.
Farm to School Benefits
Farm to School is a win, win, win!
1) Kids Win - Kids get access to nutritious, high quality, local foods. Activities enhance classroom education through hands-on learning related to food.
2) Farmers Win - Farm to School is a great financial opportunity for farmers, fishers, ranches, food processors and food manufacturers.
3) Communities Win - Not only does Farm to School build family and community engagement, it also creates new jobs and strengthens the local economy.