The Center for Agriculture and Food Systems (CAFS) and National Farm to School Network (NFSN) produced the State Farm to School Legislative Survey summarizing all state farm-to-school related bills proposed between 2002 and November 2013, whether enacted, defeated, or still pending. The survey is an invaluable resource for state governments, schools and advocates seeking to develop and implement farm to school policies.
Farm to school is the practice of sourcing local food for schools or preschools and providing agriculture, health and nutrition educational opportunities through school curricula, school gardens, farm field trips and cooking lessons. Farm to school programs improve children’s health and provide support to local and regional agricultural economies.
The National Farm to School Network supports the work of local farm to school programs all over the country by providing free training and technical assistance, information services, networking, and support for policy, media and marketing activities.
CAFS has a dual mission: to develop the next generation of sustainable food and agriculture law and policy leaders while providing legal and policy resources and solutions for citizens to build and support sustainable food and agriculture systems.
This survey updates and revises NFSN’s first farm to school legislative compilation, released in August 2011.