With the majority of our children being at least two generations removed from the farm, it is common for them to think their food originated at the grocery store. Or even worse, the fast food restaurant they dined at the night before. To help battle this perception and to help children connect and appreciate the food they eat, the Farm to School initiative has evolved.
Loosely defined, Farm to School, according to the National Farm to School Network, is “a program that connects K-12 schools and local farms with the objectives of serving healthy meals in schools, improving student nutrition and providing agriculture, health and nutrition opportunities, and supporting local and regional farmers.” Recently, a Farm to School Kick-off was held in Monroe. Teachers, Master Gardeners, concerned parents and farmers all gathered to share what they are doing to address the issue. Activities occurring in Walton County range from school gardens, nutrition education, Boys & Girls Club programs, farm tours as well as 4-H and FFA activities.