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Impact

Farm to school empowers children and their families to make healthy food choices while strengthening the local economy and contributing to vibrant communities.


The State of Farm to School Massachusetts

  • 68% of MA school districts say they participate in Farm to School activities
  • $10,262,200 has been invested in local food in MA
  • 25% of farmers report increasing production to meet institutional demand.
  • At least 210 school gardens are growing across the Commonwealth

Why Farm to School?

Health

  • Supports the development of healthy eating habits from an early age.
  • Improves the quality of school meals, boosting student consumption and contributing to food security for the whole family

Education

  • Increased consumption of healthy school meals mean kids are ready to learn
  • Opportunities for experiential education that engage all types of learners
  • Fresher and higher quality means it tastes better and kids are more likely to eat it!

Economy

  • Brings money to local farmers, fishermen and food producers
  • Invests federal school meal dollars in our local economy
  • Increases student meal participation, supporting financially healthy school meal programs

Environment

  • Keeps local land in farming and may reduce transportation meaning less greenhouse gas emissions
  • Reduces food waste on the farm and at school

Research on the benefits of farm to school continues to grow.

Our Vision

We envision that all Massachusetts schools consistently teach about and serve local foods, supporting vibrant local farming and fishing communities and healthy schools, students and families.


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Contact Us
Massachusetts Farm to School
PO Box 1514
Easthampton, MA 01027

Phone: (413) 253-3844

Email: info@massfarmtoschool.org