Through the New Jersey Department of Agriculture's Farm to School Program, schools throughout New Jersey can partner with NJ farmers to source more than 100 types of Jersey Fresh produce grown here in the Garden State. Opportunities exist for New Jersey farmers to provide agricultural products to school food service departments throughout the growing season. The object of serving healthy meals in school cafeterias is to improve student nutrition, provide healthy options and nutrition education opportunities that will last a lifetime, as well as support local farmers. Additionally, the Farm to School Program includes schools garden activities, which help teach students where food comes from by growing it themselves. Students benefit by learning the science behind farming and the nutritional values of fresh products and gain a greater understanding and appreciation of the environment. Educators can use school garden programs to teach any subject - math, science, language arts, health and nutrition, art or social studies. Farm to School programs promote and create a sense of community for all involved.
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The NJ Department of Agriculture honors those who are doing Farm to School throughout the Garden State. Are you a farm or school doing Farm to School in NJ? Learn how to apply for our Best in NJ School or Farmer Recognition Programs by emailing our Farm to School Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org, today!