The top 5 myths about farm-to-school programs

Friday, June 21, 2013

Most of us can remember a childhood encounter with chicken nuggets, Tater-Tots, and canned peaches in syrup as our lunch. But with one in three children currently considered overweight or obese, ideas about how we feed our kids at home and at school are changing, and many school cafeterias are leading the charge.

One of the most promising models for changing the way we feed kids is known as "farm to school," and it involves connecting schools with fresh, locally grown food and food and agriculture education opportunities.

In my work with the National Farm to School Network I field questions from people all over the country who are trying to help kids gain access to healthy, locally sourced food at school. Farm-to-school programs exist in all 50 states and the District of Columbia, but there are still some common misconceptions. Here are the top 5 myths about farm-to school:

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