Each October, Farm to Cafeteria Canada (F2CC) collaborates with lead agencies across the country to organize and deliver the annual Farm to School Month Canada campaign. This campaign runs concurrently with the US Farm to School Month campaign, organized by the US National Farm to School Network.
Farm to School Month Canada is designed to engage and connect pre-school, school (K-12) and campus communities to showcase the numerous and diverse farm-(and local food)-to-school initiatives happening across the country, while inspiring others to join the movement.
F2CC invites schools to join in the 2018 celebrations, along with partners from coast to coast. Be part of Canada’s Farm to School story and follow these simple steps to participate in the 2018 campaign to #DigInCanada. You’ll not only be helping to capture and share Canada’s Farm to School story, you could also be entered to win one of THREE $1,500 seed grants for your own Farm to School program.
Don’t forget to also put your school on the map! Did you know that by registering your school on F2CC’s School Food Map you’re raising awareness about Farm to School activity happening across Canada? This gets the attention of key decision makers and funders alike, helping to grow support for the Farm to School movement across Canada. Schools are invited to join the more than 1,100 Canadian schools already registered, and sign up today.
For more details about Canada’s Farm to School Month campaign, including how to register, answers to FAQ’s, more ways to get involved, and a list of resources, please visit the F2CC campaign web page.
Farm to School brings healthy, local food into schools, and provide students with hands-on
learning opportunities that foster food literacy, all while strengthening the local food system and enhancing school and community connectedness.
Farm to School empowers students and school communities to make informed food choices while contributing to vibrant, sustainable regional food systems that support the health of people, place and planet.
The Farm to School model offers great opportunity for the following two Coalition Guiding Principles, in particular, to be realized:
Programs are connected to local communities and work towards drawing upon local food resources where possible, supporting local producers and creating economic multipliers. Programs also engage the broader community including parents, grandparents, local businesses, and community leaders to foster sustainability.
Programs work towards integration with curricula to incorporate food literacy, nutrition education and food skills. Students are involved with school food programs through hands-on food growing, preparation, budgeting, management and other learning to foster experiential learning (learning by doing).