The goal of the Circular School Food Network is to cultivate healthy food connections between farms, canteens, classrooms, and communities.
Sometimes known as ‘farm to school’ programs, the idea behind a circular school food system is to remake connections between schools and farmers/producers, to increase the flow of healthy, locally grown food to school communities and support a vibrant local and regional food economy.
The activities within a circular school food system may include one or more of the following:
- Selling fresh produce/products supplied by local/regional growers/producers to the school community:
- In the onsite canteen
- On an onsite farm stand or farmers market
- Through a vegetable box scheme
- Growing food on school premises in a garden or farm, where children can obtain hands-on experience
- Organising excursions to local farms and/or incursions from growers or producers
- Integrating food-based eco literacy into the school curriculum
- Closing the loop of waste and packaging in the school food system through waste reduction, composting, and recycling strategies
Image – Vermont Farm to School Network
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