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ERIC Number: ED540871
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Nov
Pages: 28
Abstractor: ERIC
Growing the Links between Farms and Schools: A How-To Guidebook for Pennsylvania Farmers, Schools and Communities
Hinrichs, Clare; Schafft, Kai; Bloom, Dara; McHenry-Sorber, Erin
Center for Rural Pennsylvania
This guidebook has been developed to support and coordinate efforts across Pennsylvania to increase the connections between farms and schools. It is written for schools and school districts--and especially for food service directors, teachers, administrators, school nurses, and school health and wellness committees. It is also written for farmers and suppliers who are interested in participating but still unsure about when or how to develop relationships with local schools. This guidebook recognizes that both schools and farmers need to work together to make farm to school programs work effectively. This guidebook describes various farm to school efforts and activities and shows how they work best when they connect to the needs and capacities of schools and communities. Real-life case studies demonstrate how schools and producers are working together in Pennsylvania to build effective farm to school programs. This guidebook also offers suggestions to both schools and farmers to help avoid common pitfalls. Appended are: (1) Seasonal Availability of Pennsylvania Produce; (2) Curricular and Classroom Resources to Support Farm to School; (3) Organizations and Resources to Support Farm to School; and (4) Grants and Funding Ideas. (Contains 1 footnote.)
Center for Rural Pennsylvania. 200 North Third Street Suite 600, Harrisburg, PA 17101. Tel: 717-787-9555; Fax: 717-772-3587; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: Community; Teachers; Administrators
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Center for Rural Pennsylvania
Identifiers - Location: Pennsylvania