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Farm to School. Kids, Farms, and Healthy Food in Maine’s Hancock County Heather Albert-Knopp, Healthy Acadia June 12, 2007. Hancock County Farm to School. What is farm to school? Why connect farms and schools? What does farm to school look like on the local level? How does it work?

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farm to school

Farm to School

Kids, Farms, and Healthy Food in Maine’s Hancock County

Heather Albert-Knopp, Healthy Acadia

June 12, 2007

hancock county farm to school
Hancock County Farm to School
  • What is farm to school?
    • Why connect farms and schools?
  • What does farm to school look like on the local level?
    • How does it work?
    • What are the outcomes?
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A Healthy Maine Partnership
  • Funded in part by Maine’s tobacco settlement dollars
  • Directly serving nine towns in Hancock County
  • Linking people and organizations to build healthy communities
hancock county maine
Hancock County, Maine
  • Rural county of 53,660
  • Population growing 1% each year -- influx of retirees to coastal towns
  • High-cost land and housing
  • Acreage of farmland declining; more small-scale niche farms
  • Approximately 7650 school students
  • 14.2% of those under 18 are below federal poverty level (2003)
why farm to school
Why Farm to School?
  • Children’s health
    • Fresh vegetables in school lunches
    • Connect kids with the source of their food
  • Support local farms
    • With our dollars and through building community connections
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“We’re in the business of growing kids at our school, so it’s just a perfect fit with the farm to school program. We need to make decisions that are in the best interest of the kids.”Scott McFarland, PrincipalMount Desert Elementary

changing the menu
Changing the Menu
  • Salad Bar
  • Dilly-Buttered Fresh Carrots
  • Penne Pasta with Swiss Chard and White Beans
  • Roasted Root Vegetables
  • Vegetable Soup
  • Incorporate more fresh vegetables in existing menus
lessons learned
Lessons Learned
  • Start Small – Try it out with one veggie
  • Collaborate – Students, cooks, parents, teachers, administrators, school boards
  • Incorporate Curriculum – Classroom and cafeteria complement each other
  • Enthusiasm and Readiness – Find farms and schools that want to work together, and are ready to try
lessons learned1
Lessons Learned
  • Price – Fair and reasonable for farmer and school
  • Expectations – Talk ahead of time about order/delivery schedules, invoicing, volume, product specifications, etc.
  • Processing Time – Chopping vegetables takes time!
  • Infrastructure – Food service staff may not have the tools they need
lessons learned2
Lessons Learned
  • Help interested farms and schools find each other and make the farm to school connection
thanks to our partners
Thanks to our Partners!
  • The inspiring schools and farms in Maine and especially in Hancock County
  • University of Maine Cooperative Extension
  • Community Food Security Coalition
  • National Farm to School Program – www.farmtoschool.org
  • Northeast SARE
  • And thanks to ASTPHND and Joan Atkinson for inviting us here
check us out online

Check us out Online:

www.healthyacadia.org/farmtoschool.html

www.farmtoschool.org

www.foodsecurity.org