As the calendar turns to October, the air is a little crisper, the days are growing shorter and many of our 3.2 million farmers are working hard to bring in the harvest. While fall produce, wine grapes and soybeans are certainly on the list, October is the biggest month for the corn harvest, America’s single largest crop with 90 million acres planted each year.
October is National Farm to School Month, an effort to underscore the importance of bringing fresh, local food to school cafeterias, improving student nutrition and educating them about healthy eating and local food systems. Farm to School Month was created and is coordinated by the National Farm to School Network (NFSN), which is one of Farm Credit’s national contributions partners. NFSN supports a holistic approach to increasing local foods in school cafeterias, recognizing the benefits to students, farmers and local economies.