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Celebrate National Farm-to-School Month in October

national-f2s-logoOctober is National Farm-to-School Month, a time to celebrate the connections that are happening all over the country between schools and local food!

Farm-to-school (F2S) enriches the connection communities have with fresh, healthy food and local food producers by changing food purchasing and education practices at schools and preschools. Students gain access to healthy, local foods as well as education opportunities such as school gardens, cooking lessons and farm field trips.

Over the past decade, the F2S movement has exploded across the United States, reaching millions of students in all 50 states and Washington, D.C. Farm-to-school is an important tool in the fight against childhood obesity and food insecurity. In addition to improving child health, when schools buy local, they create new markets for local and regional farmers and contribute to vibrant communities, a win-win-win scenario!

Whether you are a food service professional, a farmer, a teacher or a food-loving family, there are plenty of ways to celebrate and get involved! For more F2S month info click here. If you live in Whatcom County and want to get involved with Whatcom F2S, please email info@whatcomfarmtoschool.org.

 

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