October is National Farm to School Month


Johanna Herron
Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food, & Markets
(802) 505-0490; johanna.herron@state.vt.us

MONTPELIER The Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets (VAAFM) staff will attend two events this week that spotlight National Farm to School Month.  To highlight ‘Local Crunch for Lunch,’ which will happen statewide today at participating schools; staff will join in at Thatcher Brook Primary School at 11:00 a.m.  VAAFM will also attend the ‘Crops by Kids Garden’ apple celebration at Barre Town Middle & Elementary School on Thursday, Oct. 17 at 9:30 a.m.  October National Farm to School Month was created in 2010 when the U.S. House of Representatives sought to recognize the strong role Farm to School plays in promoting good health and strong economies.

The Agency also welcomes Senior Agriculture Development Specialist Johanna Herron, who will be responsible for the Farm to School coordination.  Herron comes to Vermont after running the Alaska Farm to School Program, and is familiar with the impact these celebrations and programs have on kids and communities. 

“Vermont has been a leader in the Farm to School movement which is critical to moving our kids, communities, and economy to a new level,” said Governor Peter Shumlin. From school gardens to local food on cafeteria trays, farm to school practices help children connect with their food and make healthier choices, while also creating new markets for local and regional farmers, the Governor said.

”Farm to School programs are key to developing the agricultural literacy we need in our communities to create vibrant and successful agriculture and food system in Vermont,” said Vermont Agriculture Secretary Chuck Ross.  “Acknowledging and building awareness of this nationally celebrated month is important to our agency because of the pivotal role Farm to School plays in the lives of every Vermont citizen.”

For more information about Farm to School, contact Johanna Herron at the Vermont Agency of Agriculture at (802) 505-0490 or johanna.herron@state.vt.us.