SC Farm to School is a program that connects schools with local agriculture.
The goals of the program are to:
Increase the number of South Carolina Grown fruits and vegetable in schools
Promote healthy eating habits
Provide nutrition and agriculture education
Support the local economy
STARTING SC FARM TO SCHOOL IN YOUR SCHOOL
THE SC FARM TO SCHOOL PROGRAM IS COMPRISED OF THE FOLLOWING FOUR COMPONENTS:
Purchase at least two South Carolina Grown fruits and vegetables from a local farmer, farmers’ market, food distributor, etc.
Example: Purchase peaches grown in South Carolina instead of Georgia.
Promote South Carolina grown fruits and vegetables as part of the school meal and in the cafeteria.
Example: Replace fruits and vegetables already on the menu with produce grown in South Carolina.
Integrate nutrition/agriculture education through hands-on learning activities.
Examples: Sample some local produce and have a taste test, visit a U-pick farm, or even invite a farmer to speak to your students!
Establish or revitalize a vegetable and/or fruit garden at your school.
Note: This may require an initial expense, such as containers, seeds/plants, and gardening tools. If needed, seek support and donations from parents and/or the local community.