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Farm to School

Ohio Farm to School

Constructing a gardenTastinfg dried applesOhio State University Extension’s Farm to School (F2S) program provides resources to help schools procure and serve locally produced food. The program also helps students understand where their food comes from, and how their food choices affect their health, environment and community. As part of OSU Extension’s Local Foods signature program, Ohio Farm to School reaches key audiences through essential partnerships with the Ohio Departments of Agriculture, Education and Health, as well as through Farm Bureau, the American Dairy Association and other agencies, trade groups and philanthropic organizations.

Students who attend schools that participate in Farm to School:

  • Eat more fruits and vegetables at school and at home.
  • Consume fewer unhealthy foods and sugary sodas.
  • Show an increased willingness to try new foods.
  • Participate in more physical activity.
  • Demonstrate an increased knowledge and awareness of gardening, local foods and seasonality.

OSU Extension offers a Farm to School website, regional Farm to School training, and one-on-one consultations to provide more information and resources.

Farm to School