About the Hosts

National Farm to School Network
Nourishing Kids and Community

The National Farm to School Network envisions a nation in which Farm to School programs are an essential component of strong and just local and regional food systems, ensuring the health of all school children, farms, the environment, economy and communities.

Farm to School is broadly defined as a program that connects schools (K-12) and local farms with the objectives of serving healthy meals in school cafeterias, improving student nutrition, providing agriculture, health and nutrition education opportunities (including school gardens), and supporting local and regional farmers.

The National Farm to School Network supports the implementation of Farm to School in all 50 states and the District of Columbia through focused work in the following priority areas:

1) policy development

2) training and technical assistance

3) information development and dissemination

4) networking

5) media and marketing

6) research and evaluation

Our network includes national staff, eight regional lead agencies, 50 state leads who serve as local points of contact for information and resources, and thousands of Farm to School advocates and community leaders from all over the country.

To learn more or to become a member of the National Farm to School Network, visit: www.farmtoschool.org

Vermont Food Education Every Day

Vermont Food Education Every Day (FEED) is the local host for the Farm to Cafeteria Conference.  Vermont FEED is a Farm to School program that promotes school food change. We work with schools and communities to raise awareness about healthy food, good nutrition, and the role of Vermont farms and farmers. Our goal is to act as a catalyst for rebuilding healthy food systems and to cultivate links between classrooms, cafeterias, communities, and local farms.

Founded in 2000, Vermont FEED grew out of a belief that the growing disconnect from our land, our food and our Vermont agricultural roots was neither healthful nor sustainable, and that we could simultaneously promote the resurgence of local farms and increase access to fresh, healthy food for all children through education and outreach in schools. To date, Vermont FEED has worked with more than one third of Vermont schools to create robust and viable Farm to School programs. As of 2007, Vermont FEED also works with Maine to jointly serve as the Northeast Regional Lead for the National Farm to School Network.

Vermont FEED is a partnership between Food Works, Shelburne Farms and the Northeast Organic Farming Association of Vermont.   To learn more, visit:  www.vtfeed.org

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