By: Courtney Luecking MPH, MS, RD Doctoral candidate: Nutrition
In spite of the pop culture hold on local food, there are sustainable and real economic, environmental, mental, physical, and social benefits to eating local:
- Contributes to local economy
- Safer food supply
- Enhanced flavor
- More nutrients
- Increased community connection
Recently efforts have expanded to connect schools with local farmers to provide kids access to nutritious, high quality foods and hands-on learning opportunities. In return, farmers can gain access to a substantial financial opportunity and there is an increased sense of community.
October is National Farm to School Month. Core elements of farm to school include: education, procurement, and/or school gardens. Efforts begin in early childhood education settings and continue all the way through college. This year’s theme, One Small Step, highlights easy ways people can get informed, get involved, or take action support farm to school in their communities.
Check out some of the top Farm to School success stories from 2015.
How can you take one small step for farm to school?
Grace Communications Foundation. Local Food Systems.
National Farm to School Network. http://www.farmtoschool.org/
Utah State University Extension Sustainability. The Local Food Movement.