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Exploring the Movement to Healthy School Meals Through Farm to School

In addition to describing the movement to include local and regional foods in school meal programs, cultivate school gardens, and provide students with agricultural and food related experiential learning opportunities, this webinar will make the case as to why farm to school programs are an emerging best practice for healthy school meal programs. As part of the presentation, the presenter will summarize how USDA and other diverse partners including schools, state and local government agencies, Cooperative Extension Systems, and non-profit organizations are working to scale up farm to school efforts through training and technical assistance, grants, research and evaluation, and state and national policy initiatives. Key resources for helping you engage in farm to school through your work and programming efforts will also be provided. Join the webinar for an engaging discussion!

Matthew Benson, PhD will provide an overview of the USDA Farm to School Program, summarize key impacts of farm to school, and share best practices for developing/enhancing your work in farm to school.



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