12 Ways to Celebrate Farm to School Month

Celebrate
Many farm to school programs begin with a small activity that generates interest and engages the whole community. We hope you can use these ideas
for celebrating Farm to School Month as a starting point for establishing a new farm to school projects or strengthening an existing program. These ideas came from the National Farm to School Network website.

Teachers
• Plan nutrition education activities, such as Harvest of the Month, featuring a local food product that is in season. Check out these resources.
• Connect instructional school gardens and gardenbased learning activities to the curriculum.
• Send information about Farm to School Month to parents.

School food service professionals
• Promote Farm to School Month on the school menu and in the cafeteria. Find logos, posters and more at farmtoschool.org
• Do a taste test of local products or feature one item for lunch, breakfast or snacks.

Farmers
• Connect with your local school and offer to conduct an in-classroom session during October or offer to host a visit to your farm.
• Become a classroom pen pal. Farm field trips are great, but stories and photos from the farm are the next best thing.

Families
• Visit your local farmers’ market. Buy something you’ve never tried before, cook it and share with your family and friends.
• Cook with seasonal products as much as possible and let your kids help prepare the food.
• Read books about food and the seasons.

Community At Large
•Spread the Word: Shout out about farm to school and share what you’re doing for National Farm to School Month with the hashtags #F2SMonth and #farmtoschool on social media. 
•Invite your friends and co-workers to attend the upcoming Meet-uP Community Potluck on Tuesday, October 9th at 5:30 pm with guest Speaker Briana Jimenez, Infant and Toddler Coordinator for the Tennessee Child Care Resource & Referral Network who will be talking about the benefits of increased access to natural spaces at schools.