Utah’s Farm to School Month

1Riverside Elementary students in Jordan School District helped kick-off Utah’s Farm to School Month with a “Farm Field Day” right in their school.

Gov. Gary Herbert’s declared October as Farm to School Month, which coincides with the national celebration.

At Riverside, the gym was transformed into a small farm with a variety of homegrown vegetables for students to taste and a visit from farm animals including turkeys, a goat, a pig and lambs.

“We feel like it makes a difference for our students when local products go into our schools,” said Jana Cruz, district food service director. “I think Farm to School is incredible. It’s one of the few programs I’ve ever been involved in that there is nothing negative about it. It’s very rewarding.”

Jordan has been participating in the Farm to School Programs for the last six years. This year Jordan hired the first district coordinator to oversee and grow the program.

Utah State Office of Education (USOE) specialists work with school nutrition directors, farmers and community partners to facilitate local farm fresh purchasing for school meal programs and connect schools to funding for school gardens.

Jess Trappmann, USOE Farm to School specialist said the program is an effort to encourage healthy eating and connect students to their food sources while providing economic opportunities for Utah producers and communities.

As part of the October celebration, USOE’s Farm to School staff will highlight programs that are exemplary of the Farm to School model.



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