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Farm to School

Schools reap the benefits of farm-to-school

Farm-to-school activities include school gardening, field trips to farms and taste tests, all of which empower students to make healthier choices for their well-being. At the same time, teachers, food service professionals and other school staff reap benefits through improved academic, health and financial outcomes.


  1. Students increase consumption of fruits and vegetables at school and at home.
  2. Students become more likely to choose a balanced meal tray and consume less unhealthy foods.
  3. Students see a reduction in the intake of calories, cholesterol and saturated fat.[1]
  4. Students become more willing to try new and healthier food options.
  5. Farm-to-school programs promote an increase in physical activity.

Academic and behavioral

  1. Students show positive social behaviors, including an improved work ethic.
  2. Students show improved social skills and self-esteem.
  3. Students attain higher academic achievement and gain better knowledge of plant cycles and the environment.
  4. School gardening provides experiential learning, which stimulates higher-order cognition.[2]


  1. Farm-to-school programs lead to better school meal participation, increasing school meal revenue.
  2. Every $1 spent on farm-to-school programs produce $2.16 in economic activity in the community.[3]
  3. An increase in the use of local produce results in better income and opportunities for farmers.[4]