Nutrition Services is partnering with local, state, regional and national groups to implement and expand Farm to School opportunities in Shelby County.
Farm to School connects schools (K-12) and local farms with the objectives of serving healthy meals in school cafeterias, improving student nutrition, providing agriculture, health and nutrition education opportunities, and supporting local and regional farmers.
Local foods are a valuable and important resource: they are fresh, healthy, and tasty – and people tend to eat more produce when tasty, seasonal products are available. Having a strong local food system supports local farmers and sustains the working landscape – improving the local economy. They can also improve landscapes, strengthen community relationships, and help us reconnect to the land.
Shelby County Schools Nutrition Services has 3 Farm Manager Educators on staff to assist in the process of creating your school garden and resources to sustain and supply your school’s cafeteria needs.