Through the New Jersey Department of Agriculture's Farm to School program, schools throughout New Jersey can source more than 100 types of Jersey Fresh produce grown here in the Garden State. Opportunities exist for NJ 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 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, as well as 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 or social studies. Finally, farm to school programs create a sense of community for all involved with the related activities.
- Farm to School Week
Governor Christie signed an act establishing "Jersey Fresh Farm to School Week" into law in January of 2011, making the last week of September of every year Farm to School Week. The week highlights and promotes the value and importance of New Jersey agriculture and fresh foods produced in New Jersey and the value and importance of fresh farm foods for children, their general health and their success in school. Promotional events take place that week at schools and in the community.
Click here to view New Jersey's Farm to School Week Law.
Click here for the Farm to School Week Toolkit, to assist with planning and promotion of your Farm to School Week event.
Farm to School Week 2012 Highlights
Margate Schools' Gardens Honored During State Kick-off To Jersey Fresh Farm to School Week
Haddonfield School Premiers New Salad Bar During Jersey Fresh Farm to School Week
Farm to School Week 2011 Highlights:
School Garden Tour Celebrates Beginning of NJ's First Jersey Fresh Farm to School Week
Village Elementary School, West Windsor - Apple Tasting
Public School #17, Jersey City - Jersey Fresh Cooking Contest
Made With Jersey Fresh Items For Use in School Lunch Program Unveiled
Cinnaminson School District - Teaching Students the Fresh on Foods
- Where to Find Jersey Fresh Products
County-by-County Breakdown of Top Agricultural Products
Downloadable Produce Seasonality Chart
Jersey Fresh Wholesale Buyers Guide
Jersey Fresh Availability and Forecast Report
Tri-County Cooperative Auction Market
619 Route 33 West
East Windsor, NJ 08520
Vineland Produce Auction
1088 N. Main Rd.
Vineland, NJ 08360
Landisville Produce Cooperative
Landisville, NJ 08326
USDA Farm to School Brochure
USDA Farm to School Grant Program
Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food -- Partnership Opportunities for Farmers
New Jersey Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program
NJ Agricultural Society Agriculture in the Classroom Program
Rutgers Learning Through Gardening
The DC Farm to School Network Tools and Resources
Jersey Fresh Recipes
Cranberry Usage in School Meals Toolkit
NJDA Division of Food and Nutrition
(609) 984-0878 fax