Jersey Fresh Farm to School Week was designated as the last week of each September by a law signed in 2010. During this week, the New Jersey Department of Agriculture showcases schools that connect with New Jersey farmers to purchase local produce for school meals to increase student consumption of fresh fruits and vegetables.
Schools received Jersey Fresh Farm to School promotional materials kits including a Jersey Fresh Farm to School banner, aprons, taste test stickers, Jersey Tastes posters and seasonality charts.
Farm to School activities can include, but are not exclusive to:
- Nutrition education, including taste tests with produce purchased from local farms
- Harvest meals serving locally sourced products from New Jersey farms
- Farm to School curricular tie-ins that connect the cafeteria to the classroom or school garden
- Visits to or from local farms that teach students how food is grown
- School garden education that ties directly into what is already being taught in the classroom
During the 2017-18 school year, the influence of the Farm to School Program led to 255 schools purchasing local produce from their main distributor, 223 districts buying local produce directly from farms, 212 districts using a curriculum that ties cafeteria meals to healthy eating education and 114 districts organizing field trips to farms.
- Bankbridge Elementary School, Sewell
- Canfield Avenue School, Mine Hill
- Elms Elementary School, Jackson
- KIPP Cooper Norcross Academy, Camden
- Lakeside Middle School, Millville
- Memorial Elementary School, Freehold
- Mount Arlington Public School, Mount Arlington
- Mount Vernon School, Newark
- Newark Educators Community Charter School, Newark
- Paterson Public School #8, Paterson
To learn more, visit www.farmtoschool.nj.gov.
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