- Benefits of Farm to School: This fact sheet from the National Farm to School Network compiles research on the multitude of benefits of farm to school.
- Farm to School: A Selected and Annotated Bibliography: This extensive list compiles substantial materials on farm to school efforts across the United States.
- Effect of Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act on the Nutritional Quality of Meals Selected by Students and School Lunch Participation Rates (2016): Researchers found that the improved nutrition standards resulted in a significant improvement in the quality of foods chosen by students.
- Bearing Fruit: Farm to School Program Evaluation, Resources, and Recommendations: This report from the National Farm to School Network looks at specific impacts of farm to school programs on students, teachers, school nutrition, farmers, parents, the community, and policy.
- State Indicator Report on Fruits and Vegetables 2013: This report from the CDC reveals that 43% of adolescents in Georgia eat fruits and vegetables less than once a day.
- Vital Signs: Progress on Childhood Obesity: This August 2013 report from the CDC reveals that many states (including Georgia) are showing declines in childhood obesity.
- USDA 2010 Farm to School Summary Report: This document summarized lessons learned at 15 farm to school sites in 2010.
- Do Farm to School Programs Make a Difference? This article reports on 15 studies that measure the impact of farm to school.
- Connecting Classrooms, Cafeterias, and Communities: Promising Practices of Farm to School Education: This report evaluates the impact of farm to school programming on Vermont students’ fruit and vegetable consumption.
- Are Farm to School Programs More Common in States with Farm to School-Related Laws? The short answer from this Journal of School Health article is YES.
- Development and Evaluation of a Garden-Enhanced Nutrition Education Curriculum for Elementary Schoolchildren: This project developed a garden-enhanced nutrition education curriculum and assessment tools.
- Garden-Based Learning in Basic Education: A Historical Review: This review looks at the history, purposes, and impacts of school garden programs.
- Healthy School Environments: Building a Culture of Health in U.S. Schools: A series of research compiled by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation showing why a healthier school day is vital to building a culture of health.
A simple search will reveal dozens of farm to school case studies and evaluations. These are a few of our favorites.
- Going Local: Paths to Success for Farm to School Programs: With case studies from eight states–California, Florida, Illinois, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Hampshire, North Carolina, and Oregon–this publication provides a snapshot of the diverse ways in which farm to school is making a difference nationwide.
- If you serve it, will they Come? Farm to School lessons from Wisconsin: This is an easy-to-read case study that reviews barriers, opportunities and success stories. Also includes important topics such as price, procurement and processing.
- Evaluation Report of Davis Farm to School: This report evaluates the Davis Unified School District in California on how well it 1.) increased farm fresh food in school offerings, 2.) reduced solid waste through a recycling program, 3.) provided education opportunities to promote a healthy lifestyle, and 4.) engaged and provided information to the community.
- The State of Farm to School in San Diego County: This 2013 report on twenty-four school districts evaluates all aspects of their current farm to school programs.
- Family View of Farm to School Impacts: This survey of the parents of elementary students in North Carolina about farm to school activities reflects the impacts of farm to school on children’s choices about food at home.