Farmers are an integral part of farm to school. In addition to selling their products to schools, farmers can also interact with students through school visits, hosting a farm field trip, and helping with a taste test. Every time a student meets a farmer, it reinforces the face behind their food and gives them a greater appreciation for where their food comes from.
See our page on Local Food Procurement to learn about selling food to school districts.
Farmer Interactions with Students
- The Hayride: A Resource for Educational Farm Field Trips: Developed by the Appalachian Sustainable Agriculture Project, this guide gives good tips on planning a farm field trip. It also includes a list of farms in North Carolina that would welcome a visit from students.
- A Guide for Connecting Farms to Schools and Communities: Developed by Vermont-FEED, this guide provides tips on how to market your food for use in schools, how to use for farm for education with kids, and easy to use hands-on, farm-based educational activities.