Celebrate Farm to School Month
Every October, National Farm to School Month is celebrated by the National Farm to School Network in all 50 states.
NH Farm to School encourages you to celebrate too!
Join us and other schools across the state in recognizing the importance of farm to school through activities, lesson plans, good local food, and fun! NH Farm to School will have 4 themed weeks during Farm to School Month highlighting one different aspect of student engagement with food and agriculture. We will be sharing ideas for activities that can tie into these weeks in advance, as well as providing resources for teachers to look for appropriate lesson plans. We will also be hosting a Farm to School photo contest, with three categories.
2022 Highlighted Weeks
NH Apple and Cider Week: Kick off the week with the NH Department of Education’s Great Apple Crunch! Apples are a favorite New Hampshire fruit crop and are the largest fruit crop in the state. Check here to find an orchard near you.
School Garden Harvest Week: Celebrating the educational opportunities, successes, and challenges of New Hampshire school and youth gardens. Show us what you grew! Photos will be used by NH Farm to School on social media, websites, or in e-newsletters.
Community Connections: How is your school or classroom partnering with or engaging your community? Let us know!
Farm to School in the House: The Local Food for Local Schools Reimbursement Bill would provide a reimbursement for local food purchases to schools who participate in the National School Lunch Program. School food service programs who purchase New Hampshire grown or produced foods can get reimbursed up to $1200. Please tell us how this would support your meal programs and farms in your community or region and why it’s important. Information provided will be used in advocacy materials.
Farm to School Photo Contest
To celebrate Farm to School Month, we are asking you to submit photos representing any of the weekly themes.
We are accepting photographs in these three categories:
- “What’s On Your Tray?” : Submit a photo celebrating your school lunch or breakfast program or cafeteria heroes
- “Fun in the Garden”: Show your students or child having a great time in their school or home garden!
- “Educational Opportunities”: Submit a photo of your students or children learning about food and agriculture, celebrating cultures or farm to preschool – the more interactive the lesson, the better!
Photos can be submitted here