To celebrate National Farm to School Month this October, the PA Farm to School Network (PFSN) will be hosting a Farm to School (FTS) Storytelling Contest to encourage FTS practitioners to share their stories with their community using a variety of media. This could include a photo series, poetry, video, testimonials, art and more. We encourage you to get creative! Your story can highlight your entire program or focus on one aspect, such as a farm field trip, or an event that you held.

Below are some questions to help you brainstorm:

  • What farm to school programming are you doing? (e.g., educating students/kids about food and agriculture, engaging kids in gardening activities, procuring and serving local food products in school meals and snacks)
  • Who is involved? Students, parents, faculty/staff, community members? 
  • Why is it meaningful to your community? 

Check out the PFSN Success Stories webpage for more inspiration from people doing incredible farm to school work in Pennsylvania.

 

Sharing with Community Members

We hope that by creating stories for this contest, you also have something that you can share with members of your community to spread the word about your program and the importance of farm to school activities. Once you create your story, we encourage you to share it with community members, which could include getting published in your school newsletter or on social media, in your local newspaper and/or in emails to parents. For every community member you send your story to, your program will receive an additional submission into the raffle.

To assist you in reaching out to your community members and local media, check out this media toolkit, which includes sample social media posts to highlight your program and resources for contacting local media outlets.

If you share your story on social media, you’re encouraged to include the hashtag #pafarmtoschool.

 

Submit your story by 11:59 pm on September 16, 2024, to be entered into a raffle to receive some excellent prizes. Winners will be announced before National Farm to School Month and submitted stories will be shared throughout the month to celebrate all the amazing programs across Pennsylvania. 

 

If you have any questions, please reach out to Jamie Taylor, at jtaylor@thefoodtrust.org.

 

Submit Your Story

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