Children and youth who have the opportunity to put their hands in the dirt and learn about food growing or taste local seasonal fresh fruits and vegetables from their gardens, or their school salad bar program are building valuable knowledge and skills for life. CRFAIR believes that all children and youth would benefit from these types of experiences in schools and has worked for many years to support and inspire what is now called "Farm to School" activities across the region.
In partnership with the Public Health Association of British Columbia, CRFAIR is developing the Capital Region Farm to School Network. The success of this recently launched initiative demonstrates that resource sharing between organizations can yield powerful results while contributing to the alignment of goals and long term planning.
The Farm to School initiative brings together parents, teachers, students and school board officials to enable a set of programs that that link students to food preparing, growing and celebration activities. These include, among others, the development of school gardens, lunch and salad bar programs, farm intern experiences and school field trips to farms. Farm to School also works to develop a pool of resources available through the Farm to School Grants program.
To learn more about Farm to Schoolcheck out our newsletter
or the Farm to School Fact Sheet
Want to see Farm to School in Action? Farm to School Vancouver Hub Video
CRFAIR believes strongly in the need to coordinate and support the diverse food-related work that is occurring in local schools and has embedded the Farm to School BC initiative into our Food Literacy Collective Impact Strategy.
To learn more, or become a member of the Farm to School Network by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.