Farm to School Grant Program

Save The Date! Vermont Farm to School Conference: November 2-3, 2016

Farm to School Grant Program

The Impact of Vermont’s Farm to School Grant Program

 “Farm to School programs are a vital tool we can use to promote agricultural literacy in schools so that, from an early age, students understand the value of nutrition, develop healthy eating habits, and appreciate where their food comes from,”  

--Vermont Secretary of Agriculture, Chuck Ross

 

Farm to School Grant Program

The Vermont Farm to School Grant Program, now in its tenth year, works to improve nutrition among Vermont’s children by connecting food producers to their local schools, as well as providing enriched educational experiences and curricula. The grant program was established through the 2006 Rozo McLaughlin Act. Farm to School grant funding, allocated by the Vermont legislature, enables Vermont schools to engage students in their local food system by incorporating local food and farm education into their cafeterias, classrooms and communities. As of January 2016, the Vermont Farm to School Program has reached 120 schools, impacting more than 30,000 Vermont students.

This year, 7 implementation grants and 6 planning grants were awarded to 11 schools and 3 school districts and supervisory unions, impacting a total of 24 Vermont schools and more than 5,000 students.

Our Farm to School Program page can be accessed here.

This grant program encourages schools and school districts to:

  • Serve food to Vermont students that is as fresh and nutritious as possible
  • Maximize the use of fresh, locally grown foods
  • Educate students about healthy eating habits through nutrition education while making the connections between farming and the foods that students consume
  • Increase the size and stability of farmers’ direct sales market
  • Increase school meal participation by increasing the selection of foods available to students.

Grant Support

Grant Opportunities   

If you have any questions about the program, please email Alexandra.zipparo@vermont.gov or call 802-505-1822