Schools participating in NH Farm to School are finding creative ways to bring locally grown food into their cafeterias and classrooms. Activities vary from school to school depending on the specific goals and needs of each site. Here are some examples of Farm to School activities currently happening at NH schools:
- Henniker Community School buys apples directly from French Pond Orchards.
- An Epsom food service director picks up apples at Meadowledge Farm on her way to work.
- A Milford school principal picks up apples at McLeod Orchards and distributes them for free to all students on Fridays.
- Amherst schools buy Brookdale Farm carrots and potatoes through their distributor.
- Manchester schools use Fresh Fruit & Vegetable Program (FFVP) funds to purchase local fruit.
- Bethlehem Elementary School contacts their distributor to order local peppers, tomatoes and cucumbers.
- Keene and Monadnock Schools purchase local vegetables through Monadnock Menus
- Plymouth food service staff buy from local farms, and post the names of the farms on the bulletin board and lunch menu.
- In Portsmouth, parent volunteers run a garden at Little Harbor School, providing the school with some fresh vegetables.
- In Conway, a vegetable garden at John Fuller Elementary School supplies the cafeteria with some fresh produce.
- Dover High School students grow greens for the cafeteria in the school's greenhouse.
- Exeter schools purchase whole cows!
- Colebrook schools buy from the North Country Farmers Coop.
- Concord schools buy only local grass fed beef.
- North Hampton School grows herbs and vegetables for the lunch program.
- Seabrook Schools buy local fish from Yankee Fishermans Cooperative
- Buy directly from a local farm.
- Order locally grown foods through a produce distributor.
- Grow some vegetables in a school garden.
- Take a field trip to a local farm.
- Organize a harvest meal featuring local foods.
- Seek out other opportunities for connections between schools and local agriculture!
NH Farm to School is an initiative of:
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