October is National Farm to School (FTS) Month! In October, thousands of schools, early care and education sites, farms, communities and organizations across the country celebrate “farm to school” by engaging kids in hands-on learning experiences about food and agriculture, through school gardens and by filling lunch trays with healthy, local ingredients that nourish Pennsylvania kids and support our communities’ farmers and growers.

 

Here are ways you can get involved:

 

  • Find inspiration for your October festivities in this blog post from National FTS Month 2023. Farm to school programs from across the state participated in Apple Crunch Days, local food taste tests, farm field trips and much more!

 

  • Share Your Story: Now is a great time to plan how you will share your farm to school story leading up to and during National FTS Month. By sharing the benefits and successes of your program and activities with community members and government officials, you can generate more support for ongoing FTS efforts and inspire others.
    • Multimedia Storytelling Contest: Participate in the Pennsylvania Farm to School Network’s (PFSN) Storytelling Contest! Get creative and share your farm to school program and activities with your community for a chance to win some awesome prizes! Find contest details and more information here.
    • Capture your farm to school program with photos and videos! Is your school garden flourishing? Are your lunch trays filled with local food? Are you teaching creative agriculture and nutrition lessons in the classroom or community? Capture any of your current farm to school activities with photos and videos. These visuals can be used to promote your program by sharing on social media with parents/caregivers, school district board members, legislators and funders.
    • Showcase your FTS program with government officials and community members during National FTS Month using this resource, Advocating for Farm to School: How to Host Site Visits. Inviting these community leaders and members to witness your activities first-hand is a great opportunity for them to learn about “farm to school” and become supporters and champions of your efforts.
    • Share your story with local media. This media toolkit includes sample social media posts to highlight your program and resources for contacting local media outlets. Promoting your work publicly and through known news sources can garner attention and support from your community! 

 

  • Resources: 
    • Find resources from the National Farm to School Network to help promote your program and activities
    • Register for the next PA Farm to School Network Virtual Open House, which will cover all things National FTS Month!

 

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