Harvest of the Month

The goal of Mass. Farm to School Project’s Harvest of the Month campaign is to encourage healthy food choices by increasing students’ exposure to seasonal fruits and vegetables while also supporting local farmers and heightening interest in school meals.

Since we launched Mass. Harvest for Students Week in 2006, buying and eating locally grown food in cafeterias and dining halls has skyrocketed, thanks to the participation of preschools, school districts, and colleges all over the state. This momentum has inspired us to create Harvest of the Month to keep our farms and the students they feed growing strong.

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Why participate?

Harvest of the Month is a great opportunity to celebrate local abundance, experiment with new foods and recipes, and get some positive recognition for your school. We want to help you to continue to lead the way in making farm-fresh foods available to students and staff whenever possible.

It also provides wonderful opportunities for school food and nutrition staff, educators, school administrators, parents and students to collaborate, and to celebrate your commitment to serving locally grown foods with reporters and legislators.

Mass. Farm to School Project will provide participating schools with procurement assistance, free display materials, and links to resources that connect these cafeteria campaigns to the classroom and community. These resources include curriculum and classroom activities, home-scale recipes and nutrition information.

What should I expect each month?

Participating Harvest of the Month K-12 schools, colleges, and universities will:

  • commit to locally source and menu the featured crop a minimum of two times during the month;
  • utilize free promotional materials including our beautiful Harvest of the Month posters, fruit and vegetable trading cards and “I tried it!” stickers for each crop;
  • (for K-12 schools) connect with others in your school community about Harvest of the Month opportunities at home and in the classroom (for example, by including Harvest of the Month news in school or PTO newsletters, by connecting us with your school principal, curriculum leaders, school garden coordinators, or parent groups).

Mass. Farm to School Project will:

  • provide free, individualized technical assistance sourcing the Harvest of the Month and Mass. Harvest for Students Week crops from local farms;
  • mail free Harvest of the Month posters (K-12 schools will also receive trading cards and stickers for each featured crop) and Mass. Harvest for Students Week materials (posters and stickers)** for display and distribution in each participating cafeteria;
  • provide free promotional materials for your use, including press release templates, monthly newsletter text, and monthly recipe cards;
  • provide access to additional resources for curricular connections and home activities (including links to curriculum guides, home-scaled recipes, nutrition information, arts and crafts, taste testing activities and more).
  • acknowledge your school’s participation and commitment to local sourcing on our website, in our publications and at Harvest of the Month promotional events.

It’s easy to get your school involved!

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You can also contact Mass. Farm to School Project’s staff for assistance.

In Central & Western Massachusetts
Lisa Damon
lisa@massfarmtoschool.org
Farm to Cafeteria Coordinator

In Eastern Massachusetts
Simca Horwitz
simca@massfarmtoschool.org
Farm to Cafeteria Director

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