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Virginia Farm to School Week ~ October 5 9, 2015

Virginia Farm-to-School Program

Virginia Farm to School Program Coordinator
Leanne DuBois
P.O. Box 1163
Richmond VA 23218
Phone: 804.225.3663 or

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The Virginia Farm to School program is an effort to increase the amount of fresh and nutritious Virginia Grown products offered in schools and to promote opportunities for schools and local farmers to work together.

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Virginia Farm to School week has moved!
Mark your calendars to celebrate Virginia Farm to School week during the first full week in October, October 5 – 9, 2015. In January of 2015 the Virginia General Assembly passed House Joint Resolution No. 692 to change the date of Virginia Farm to School week from November to the first full week in October. Schools will have many more Virginia Grown fresh options to choose from during this earlier season and farmers will benefit by having a wider selection of products to offer. Click here to see the full Resolution.

What is Farm to School?
The Farm to School Program is an initiative seeking to bring nutritious fresh food from local farms to schools including K-12, colleges and universities.  Virginia schools currently spend more than $6 million annually on fresh produce. The Farm to School Program in Virginia will open the door for more of those dollars to stay within the state and support Virginia farmers by promoting opportunities for schools, distributors and growers to work together to increase the volume of locally grown product served in school cafeterias and dining halls.

Incorporating local products into school meals also enhances the educational opportunity for students who benefit by learning about the seasonality of food products, the importance of supporting local agriculture and the benefits associated with reducing transportation cost and protecting farms and farmland in our communities. 

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