''Cafeterias & Gardens

We know that healthy children are better learners. All across Pennsylvania, schools are making more fresh fruits and vegetables available to students—some of which is grown locally or even on the school grounds. All schools—urban, rural, or suburban—can plant a garden. In doing so, children are not only conscious of the environment, they are aware of the benefits associated with healthy diet. We want to be sure that children understand the risks of poor nutrition, and take with them good eating habits that last a lifetime.

The Department of Education--Division of Food and Nutrition and Penn State have partnered to provide you with information on nutrition education programs and school gardens.  Visit Project PA for more information.

Additionally, through School Gardens and the Farm to School program, school districts can take learn more about ways to provide fresh foods to students that are nutritionally beneficial, all while supporting and contributing to the local community.

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email List for Farm to School Experiences - Join the PA Farm to School electronic mailing list to share Farm to School experiences and learn about resources, professional development, and funding opportunities.
Go to: http://nutrition.psu.edu/projectpa and click on Farm to School Mailing List for more information.

Buy Local PA
-There are so many great reasons to choose local foods... and such an abundance and diversity to choose from. Our aim at Buy Fresh Buy Local is to make it easy to find what you're looking for... and perhaps more than you expected!

The Food Trust’s Kindergarten Initiative - The Kindergarten Initiative is The Food Trust’s signature farm-to-school program, providing young students with nutrition-and-agriculture education and healthy classroom taste tests or snacks featuring food grown by local farmers. Children and parents also participate in fun hands-on learning activities, such as seasonal farm field trips, school-based “mini-farm markets,” school gardening, and parent-child cooking workshops.

Great Valley School District - School Garden - The Great Valley School District has set an excellent example in their community through their beautiful school garden. Barbara Nissel, the Food Service Supervisor for the GVSD has voiced her enthusiasm for the program. “The garden has become a place that provides a unique teaching environment for our food service staff, students and families. It is a living laboratory of knowledge that is providing a collaborative, cross generational connection for the entire community!”