What is the Massachusetts Farm to School Network?
The Network will offer learning opportunities and improve communication between farm to school practitioners, highlighting and sharing challenges and best practices for the rich diversity of farm to school activities in our state. The Network will help us find the resources and connections we need to create integrated farm to school programs: programs that bridge the cafeteria, classroom, and community environments.
The Network is open to all Farm to School advocates, practitioners, and programs across the state.
How do I get involved?
Sign up to receive the Network News, our quarterly e-newsletter, which will highlight Network activities and profile the diversity of farm to school partnerships in the state.
2. Join the Network Listserve.
We all know the Network is full of experts on a variety of farm to school topics. Use the listserve to share your experiences, post questions to the group, highlight useful resources you have discovered or look for collaborators for your projects. To subscribe, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org from the email address you wish to subscribe. In the subject of the message, include the words “subscribe f2s-network [yourname]”. Your message will be sent to the list moderator and you will receive a confirmation email with a link to the list website when your subscription has been approved. Note: You can select to receive the listserve in digest form, so you are assured you will never receive more than one email per day.
3. Help set the priorities for the Farm to School Network.
Fill out this 3 – 5 minute survey to help set the priorities for the Farm to School Network.
- What do you think are the most interesting or important farm to school issues for the Network to address?
- What resources are you looking for and with whom are you most interested in connecting?
- In what ways can the Network best support your work and the movement in Massachusetts?
A survey of the research done to date shows that:
- Students will eat more fruits and vegetables when local products are served
- Farm to school programs have improved students’ knowledge, attitudes, and behaviors toward healthy, local foods
- Early exposure to healthy foods in school positively impacts student eating habits
The Network News is a quarterly email newsletter sent to members of the Network. Click here for the archive of past newsletters. If you’d like to receive the Network News, sign up to join the Network here.
Network News profiles highlight the diversity of farm-to-school programming in Massachusetts. These profiles are designed to demonstrate how programs have evolved over time, the key factors contributing to their success, and to provide some inspiration for your own project.
- Clark Farm and Carlisle Schools
- Cambridge Public Schools, Mass. Farm to School Project, and CitySprouts
- Seeds of Solidarity
Farm-to-School and Farm-Based Education in Practice
October 17, 2013 at Moraine Farm, Beverly, MA
This gathering introduced the over 40 attendees to Moraine Farm, a property of The Trustees of Reservations, and the work they do with the Salem and Beverly public schools. A lively panel discussion covered many topics about the value of farm to school and how to get a program started, including how to source and serve fresh, local foods, how to partner with local farm-based educators to provide opportunities for on-farm learning, school gardens, taste tests and more.
It was a beautiful fall evening and attendees enjoyed a farm tour and a delicious butternut squash soup, prepared with vegetables from Moraine Farm.
The gathering was hosted by the Massachusetts Farm to School Network in partnership with the Farm Based Education Network and the The Trustees of Reservations. Together we seek to build connections between local food and farming educators and advocates in the school and community environments.
Farm to School Network Members
(last updated February 2013)