Farm to School and Early Childhood:
Nourishing Children's Bodies and Minds

Vermont Farm to School is a nationally recognized initiative that supports Vermont’s economy, communities, and healthy development and learning for Vermont’s children. In 2017, Act 63, the Farm to School bill, was signed into law allowing both registered and licensed child care providers to be eligible for Vermont Farm to School grants. The Alliance supports Vermont FEED, Hunger Free Vermont, and champion organizations in their efforts to fully fund Farm to School and Early Childhood at $500,000 each year. An increase of $269,000 in state funds will ensure we reach this goal, and support early childhood programs and K-3 classrooms in accessing Farm to School and Early Childhood programming.

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Data and Talking Points

  • The Farm to School Grants program has engaged over 50,000 Vermont students since 2007. Forty-five Early Childhood programs have received grants in the last few years.
  • 4 out of 5 schools in Vermont have at least some form of Farm to School activity.
  • Every dollar spent on local food contributes an additional 60 cents to the local economy.

Statistics About Vermont Schools

Infographic with statistics about Vermont schools- 65% connect to a local farm or farmer; 84% incorporate Farm to School into one or more subject areas; 81% have a school garden; 89% buy some local food.

Get Involved

  • Advocate to increase funding for the Farm to School Program. To submit a written statement, please reach out to Emma Bauer, Farm to School policy intern, at emmahelenbauer@gmail.com.
  • Join the Farm to School email list.
  • Write a Letter to the Editor: Have a story you’d like to share about what Farm to School means to you? Want to motivate others to join the effort to expand our programs? You can write a letter to the editor of your local daily and weekly papers to expand public knowledge of the importance of Farm to School and gain press attention for this important issue in your town and region. Tips for writing a letter to the editor can be found here.