FARM TO SCHOOL PROGRAM
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The Farm to School (FTS) program is designed to offer expertise and support to all areas of the state to pursue farm to school activities and interests. The prevailing program goal is having product produced and/or harvested in Alaska available in the school food environment. We hope that through a variety of outreach efforts, we will increase the procurement and use of food grown in the state by public schools.
The success of farm to school programs nationwide is dependent on the flexibility of the program to meet the diverse needs of the geography, community, and culture within a given state. Places with such extreme climatic and geographic conditions like Alaska need to be especially creative and resourceful while promoting Alaska's unique agricultural bounty.
The FTS program in Alaska includes any activity that connects students, teachers, and the school food service with product grown and produced in Alaska. This includes, but is not limited to;
- Increasing Alaska grown food sales to the school meal program
- Providing information for school garden development
- Promoting Alaska Agriculture in the Classroom curriculum/education
- Promoting farm visits
- Participation in programs that educate youth about the food system
- State-wide contests promoting farm to school activities
- Local lunch celebrations
- Resource / marketing development
- Supporting existing farm / fish to school efforts
- Facilitating discussion between school food service and food producers