Farm to School 101

New to the farm to school movement? You’ve come to the right place!

What is "farm to school"?

Farm to school is a people-powered movement that seeks to strengthen the connection communities have with fresh, healthy food and local food producers. There are three basic elements to farm to school:

Farm to school activities help change children’s attitudes and behaviors around healthy eating while strengthening the local economy and creating more vibrant communities. Check out the resources below to learn more about farm to school and general tips on getting your program started.

Benefits of Farm to School Fact Sheet, National Farm to School Network

Shares research on how farm to school programming supports economic development, public health, education, the environment, and community engagement.

Farm to School Fact Sheets, USDA Office of Community Food Systems

Check out this series of fact sheets on a broad range of farm to school topics, including how to integrate local foods into school food menus, manage school gardens, and purchase local proteins.

Farm to School Census, USDA Office of Community Food Systems

Check out how school districts around Illinois and beyond are incorporating farm to school activities into their cafeterias and classrooms.​

I'm New to Farm to School, USDA Farm to School Resource

A new resource for farm to school first time participants combines the basics of farm to school. the USDA Farm to School grant and more.