Food Systems & Gardening
New Jersey Farm to School
local produce into local schools
The Farm to School Twitter Program was launched in February 2013 to provide a platform for farmers and institutional produce buyers to share daily updates from the fields about available fresh veggies. An evaluation of the program could include gathering information from pilot program participants to report on the strengths and weaknesses in addition to measuring if and how their use of fresh produce in the school kitchens increased.
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 Cooperative's website