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NPS Farm to School Program

Farm to School has come to Northampton Public Schools!

The Farm to School Committee of Northampton strives to enhance student participation, choice, and voice by increasing access to healthy food through the stewardship of the environment, community, and knowledge, ensuring food justice for pre-K through 12th grade students in the Northampton Public Schools.

Cafeteria

Meal Participation Rates (2018-19)

Elementary

Middle & HS

Local Sourcing (2018-19)

Fruit & Vegetables accounted for 25% of all purchases

12% of fruits & veggies were purchased from Local Farms, equal to $6,594

3

Number of local farms and vendors

Classroom

35

Classes on Farm Field Trips

 

Students working in the garden

399

School Garden Lessons
(7 per K-5 class)

172

Classroom Cooking Workshops

 

1,083

Students Reached
(100% of K-5)

9.2

Hours of exposure per student

JFK & NHS

The priority is student choice and voice at JFK and NHS! This is happening through:

  • A Farm to School student internship opportunity at NHS
  • Taste tests and feedback for upcoming menu items
  • A school-wide survey at NHS
  • Student members on the Farm to School Committee
  • Developing a ‘cafeteria advisory club’

Composting school food waste has become a major priority for students, and we’ve begun working with them on a District-wide solution. We are also exploring building school gardens, hosting students for learning opportunities at Grow Food Northampton, and more.

NHS students participate in a recent taste testing

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Acknowledgements

USDA
The Northampton Education Foundation
Massachusetts Farm to School
School Sprouts Educational Gardens

Department of Elementary and Secondary Education

Rep. Lindsay Sabadosa

Sen. Jo Comerford

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