The NH Farm to School Program (NNHFTS) is listed as one of “The 10 most impressive farm-to-school programs” — much deserved recognition for the great work being done to bring local food into our schools! From the Mother Nature Network, via Rimrack Fish:
What’s not to like about farm-to-school programs? If you’re not familiar with the term, it means just what it sounds like: programs that bring farm-fresh, local foods to public and even private schools so that kids can enjoy great nutrition. The programs also offer excellent educational opportunities, bringing students to farms, and chefs to classrooms, while at the same time giving local farmers a great place to sell their products. Read on, and we’ll take a look at 10 farm-to-school programs that are doing a great job…
In New Hampshire, schools statewide are able to participate in the farm-to-school program, with healthy, locally grown foods in cafeterias, as well as curriculum based on farms, food and nutrition. NH schools also enjoy agriculture-based learning opportunities in this program. The NH Farm-to-School program started out small, as a pilot program introducing local apples and cider into K-12 schools in 2003, growing to Get Smart Eat Local in 2006, which introduced local food to 10 districts in the state. Since then, the program’s connections with growers and schools has only expanded, bringing together schools, farmers and distributors for high-quality local food and a great education to go along with it.
For more information: www.nhfarmtoschool.org