Together, we can create healthy, vibrant students who understand the role of food in their lives and the value of agriculture in our communities.
In July 2019, Green Umbrella was awarded a USDA Farm to School Planning Grant to create regional farm to school action plans for programs at four public school districts serving more than 16,000 students. The school districts included Cincinnati Public Schools, Mt. Healthy City Schools and West Clermont Local School District in Ohio and Campbell County School District in Northern Kentucky.
Working closely with teachers, food service directors and other administrators, Green Umbrella has produced a comprehensive Farm to School Action Plan for all schools in our region which includes placing local foods on school menus, incorporating agriculture and nutrition literacy education, and increasing awareness of Farm to School programming in our region and impacts on learning, health and local economies.
FEED OUR FUTURE REGIONAL PILOT
Green Umbrella is excited to have the opportunity to partner with Cuyahoga County Board of Health on the recent expansion of Feed Our Future, a Farm to School community health program.
Feed Our Future connects schools, homes, and communities by providing practical information about sourcing, eating, and promoting local foods that nourish young students. The program’s mission is to Inspire young minds to make healthy choices about what they eat. Additional Feed Our Future resources may also soon be available pending confirmation of additional funding.
Feed Our Future provides resources for school Food Service Professionals, Educators & Administrators, and Parents & Students.
Additional information may be found at feedourfuture.org.
Contact Anne Schneider at firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more about how to implement the program in your school community.
GREATER CINCINNATI FARM TO SCHOOL DATABASE
The following database provides information on available Farm to School program resources for educators in Greater Cincinnati. Partners include state extension services, county agencies, healthy departments, farms/parks/nature centers, and more!
NATIONAL FARM TO SCHOOL MONTH
October is National Farm to School Month, a time to celebrate the connections happening all over the county between children and local food. Choosing local food supports our local farmers while teaching students about lifelong healthy habits.
National Farm to School Month provides exciting opportunities for everyone - from students, parents and food enthusiasts to food producers and nutrition professionals - to get informed, get involved and take action to grow farm to school in their own communities and across the country.Visit (include link to GU page) to learn more about the National Farm to School Month campaigns and resources available in our region.
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