MARKETING AND DEVELOPMENT
Virginia Farm to School Program Coordinator
The Virginia Farm to School program is an effort to increase the amount of fresh and nutritious Virginia Grown products offered in schools and to promote opportunities for schools and local farmers to work together.
March 18 & 19, 2015
VIRGINIA FARM TO SCHOOL CONFERENCE
DoubleTree by Hilton
990 Hilton Heights Road
Charlottesville, VA 22901
Conference educational programs will feature procurement training, supply chain distribution, food safety, school gardens, nutrition education and so much more. Stay tuned….more details and registration coming soon.
What is Farm to School?
The Farm to School Program is an initiative seeking to bring nutritious fresh food from local farms to schools including K-12, colleges and universities. Virginia schools currently spend more than $6 million annually on fresh produce. The Farm to School Program in Virginia will open the door for more of those dollars to stay within the state and support Virginia farmers by promoting opportunities for schools, distributors and growers to work together to increase the volume of locally grown product served in school cafeterias and dining halls.
Incorporating local products into school meals also enhances the educational opportunity for students who benefit by learning about the seasonality of food products, the importance of supporting local agriculture and the benefits associated with reducing transportation cost and protecting farms and farmland in our communities.
Virginia Farm to School Week 2015 ~ November 9-13, 2015
The Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (VDACS), the Virginia Department of Education and partnering agencies invite you to designate the week of November 9 - 13, 2015 as the 7th annual Virginia Farm to School Week. All schools in the Commonwealth, kindergarten through college, are encouraged to purchase, serve and promote Virginia Grown foods in their cafeterias during the week. Building connections between schools, students and agricultural producers throughout Virginia provides better economic opportunity for agriculture, healthier options for our children and educational value for students in knowing where their food comes from. To learn more about the official Virginia Farm to School Week designation click here.