Local Food in Schools

Teachers:
You can teach history, science, nutrition and math with fun and simple cooking and gardening activities in class. Here is the link where you can find resources that have been developed locally including recipes and tips on how to integrate them into curriculum.


Food Service Directors:
Here is where you can find a list of farmers in the region interested in selling to schools.

Research shows kids are more apt to select new foods in the lunch line if they can try it multiple times in different settings, such as in cafeteria taste tests, in classroom lessons or by growing it themselves in a school garden. Team up with teachers for more success. Here are locally designed Harvest of the Month resources for both teachers and food service staff. 


Community:
Tired of the school candy sale? Want something more meaningful than magazine subscriptions for a fundraiser. Check out FarmRaiser… 10 Cents a Meal for School Kids & Farms: Schools have only $1.20 to spend per meal on school lunches, and only 20-30 cents of that is for fruits and vegetables. Learn about a northwest Michigan pilot project to support school food service in purchasing more locally grown fruits and veggies here.


Continue to learn more: 
The following organizations offer resources that are supportive of farm to school and school gardens. Check their Web sites and get on their email lists for updated information:

Groundwork Center for Resilient Communities
SEEDS
Grow Benzie
MSU Center for Regional Food Systems
Traverse Bay Area Intermediate School District
The Lunch Box
Edible Schoolyard