Food Systems & Gardening
New Jersey Farm to School
local produce into local schools
The New Jersey Farm to School Network is a statewide nonprofit that works with schools, students, parents, state agencies, other nonprofits, farmers, produce distributors and communities to change the food system choices in New Jersey schools through school garden education promotion and local purchasing. The National Farm to School Network has developed an evaluative tool to measure the impact of farm to school programs. NJ Farm to School is interested in using this tool to assess its effectiveness. The organization is open to exploring other research projects.
NJ Farm to School's website
Princeton School Gardens Cooperative
school gardens & garden-based education
- What types of foods are being offered to children at school? How has this changed over the past few years, and what kinds of changes might be anticipated for the future? Are school gardens contributing to the quantity and/or variety of foods offered to and consumed by children?
- The Cooperative would like to know about existing farms in the area. Which types of locally- and regionally-grown produce could be available to Princeton-area school districts? What quantities of fruits and vegetables are available and when?
- What would be the effect of a school system spending its food dollars locally? What kind of changes might occur in the local economy and state tax base? What can be learned from the experience of other nearby schools and districts that have begun to incorporate healthy foods and farm-to-school programs?
Princeton School Gardens Collaborative's website