The goal of the Farm to School Project is to cultivate healthy food connections between farms, canteens, classrooms, and communities.

Designing a farm to school model that works! 

We held an online session in June with people who are passionate about bringing local, fresh and healthy food to schools. 

This 90-minute online planning session included:

  • A summary of Farm to School programs nationally and internationally
  • Discussion of needs and barriers for schools and local producers
  • Workshopping three potential Farm 2 School models
  • Selection of a model to develop further

Interested participants will be invited to an optional follow-up session to develop the chosen model into a pilot project for testing in South East Melbourne in late 2023.

Who can get involved?

Any community members interested in this kind of program including but not limited to those working or volunteering in a school, urban farm, community garden or in the agriculture sector.

Benefits of being involved
  • Being an important collaborator in the co-design process for a local farm to school pilot
  • Participants will have the opportunity to share their ideas and vision for establishing a local farm to school project
  • Participants will have their say about creating a reliable market for local agriculture while promoting access to fresh, locally sourced food
  • Share your expertise and help us develop a sustainable model
  • Experience the co-design process
  • Community co-design experience to add to your resume
  • Door prizes
Pilot catchment area
  • Cardinia Shire
  • City of Greater Dandenong
  • City of Casey
  • Mornington Peninsula Shire
  • Frankston City
What’s happened so far? 
  • Schools across Victoria were surveyed to understand how the food system works in schools
  • Survey results collated and themed
  • Researched local and international examples of farm to school models 
What’s next?
  • In-person event to adapt the selected model to our community
  • Trialling Farm 2 School model in our community.

For further information, contact the Project Lead