The first USDA Farm to School Census showed us that by the 2011-12 school year the farm to school movement had taken hold in communities across the country, reaching more than 40,000 schools and 23.5 million students. Since then, even more schools have started buying local products and teaching children where their food comes from, so USDA is taking another pulse.
Does your school participate in farm to school activities? Make sure it gets counted! USDA is seeking updated information through the 2015 Farm to School Census now. This is an important tool for gathering information about the state of the farm to school movement to advocate for supportive policies from the local and state level to Washington, D.C. Together we’re building healthy eaters and strong local economies. Help us show that farm to school is the new normal.
The Census questionnaire was distributed to school districts through state agencies the week of March 16. School district submissions must be received by May 29, 2015. Make sure your local food purchases, school gardens and other farm to school activities are counted!