Get Ready with Our Farm to School Month Starter Kit!

Farm to School Month, Great Apple Crunch - Where do I start?!

Below you’ll find resources and links to help you put together a successful Farm to School Month Activity.  Feel free to download, borrow or make anything your own.  Farm to School is not about getting overly complicated, we encourage you to enhance or highlight what you might already be doing or start with an activity that is easy to implement.  Either way, you’ll easily be able to build from there!

Farm to School Month, October 2015

October is national Farm to School Month, a time to celebrate the connections that are happening between children and local food!  Find more information, resources, posters and logos you can use in your school on the National Farm to School website.

In the Midwest, you can stay up to date by liking Midwest Farm to School Month on Facebook.

Midwest Farm to School Month Webinar

Watch this webinar to learn about Nebraska and Iowa Farm to School programs and how they participated in Farm to School Month last year.

Midwest Great Apple Crunch - Thursday, October 22, 2015

Great Apple Crunch is a great opportunity to plan to celebrate Farm to School Month.  Connect with a local orchard and find out how you may work together to serve their apples during lunch on October 22!
You can use the logo below in your newsletter or create a poster highlighting your event.

Find Midwest Specific resources for the Midwest Great Apple Crunch here.

You might also consider showing a video like this in classrooms or in the lunch room!  

A Great Apple Crunch event is also a great starting point to build relationships within your community and by reaching out to local Farm to School lead and networks, Department of Education, Local Superintendents, School Nutrition Association State Leads, teachers, students, parents, local food retailers and faith community.

Why not share what you do during Farm to School Month?  Here are some ideas:

  • Share your activity or activities on your school’s website or Facebook page
  • Include a feature about your activity in the school newsletter to share with parents
  • Encourage your students and staff to participate in our Farm to School Month challenge in honor of back-to-school season!  We challenge Nebraska students to photograph any colorful, delicious, pleasing lunch trays they experience in their cafeterias. Share these pics via the Nebraska Farm to School Facebook page, tag  our @RuralNerd Instagram or @cfra Twitter accounts with #ThanksLunchLady. Remember to give credit to your schools and food service staff!  We were inspired by Litchfield Public Schools who have received a thank you from the graduation podium 2 years in a row!
  • Feature a student blog post in your school newspaper or share one with us at the Center for Rural Affairs.

If you’re still looking for more, consider visiting our Farm to School website where you’ll find our new Farm to School Online Guidebook and Find a Farmer Tool!