Tift County Schools are thrilled to be part of the Farm to School program.
What is Farm to School (F2S)? Farm to School is connecting schools and local farms to serve healthy meals in school cafeterias, improving student nutrition, and food education opportunities. Farm to School programs bring our community into our local schools and create new stakeholders for school nutrition programs. F2S activities increase student awareness of personal health and nutrition, agriculture careers and food sources. Some of these activities include, taste tests, school gardens, integrated food education curriculum and farmers serving as guest speakers and hosting field trips.
What are the benefits of starting a Farm to School Program?
Boosts the local economy
Supports local agriculture
Encourages community participation and support for the school nutrition program
Creates a community culture made up of teachers, students, administrators, board members, school nutrition staff, local business owners, local farmers and parents
Introduces students to new fruits and vegetables
Encourages healthy eating habits in students
Taste test of local produce
Educational training for cafeteria staff and teachers
Educational training for teachers
Educational training for the community
Educational training for the local farming community
What could be better on the meal trays of our students than local produce, such as, cucumbers, cabbage, broccoli, blueberries, lettuce, carrots, chicken, beef, and so much more? F2S is a win-win for everyone.
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