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Farm Credit Supports National Farm to School Month
American AgCredit sponsored Farm to School Month flyers sent home to all elementary school students in Weld County, Colorado.

Farm Credit Supports National Farm to School Month

As National Farm to School Month winds to a close, Farm Credit is highlighting activities and events sponsored by some of our member organizations across the country. As with our national sponsorship of this organization, these local and regional activities demonstrate Farm Credit’s broad support for the important goals of the National Farm to School Network (NFSN): educating children and their families about how their food is grown; increasing access to and consumption of fresh, locally raised food in our schools; and supporting local farmers and local economies by encouraging the development of local markets.

Here are a few ways Farm Credit organizations are contributing to these goals during Farm to School Month and throughout the year:

  • In Colorado’s Montrose School District, CoBank and the Colorado Farm to School Task Force have provided a grant to support more options for locally produced food that helps small and medium-sized farms meet schools’ food-safety requirements.
  • Also in Colorado, American AgCredit again sponsored Farm to School Month in Weld County, funding educational flyers sent home with every elementary school student, as well as banners and other promotional items to encourage interest and education about Farm to School Month and the importance of fresh, local foods.
  • In August, Cason Lane Academy in Tennessee opened a new greenhouse as part of its Farm to School program, thanks in part to a partnership with Farm Credit Mid-America. The new 12-foot by 24-foot greenhouse is only the first of the greenhouses planned by the school district.
  • Farm Credit’s Arkansas lending associations have sponsored the third annual Arkansas Grown School Garden of the Year contest, with winners selected in multiple categories.
  • In Nebraska, Farm Credit Services of America granted $1,000 to the Lewiston FFA chapter for a school butterfly garden and arboretum. The grant is part of the organization’s Working Here Fund.
  • Five Farm Credit organizations also participated in the NFSN’s Twitter chat on October 25. Using #FarmtoSchool101, NFSN, Farm Credit and other participants helped educate their followers about the farm-to-school movement. Farm Credit’s contributions to the social media conversation made nearly 27,000 impressions during the one-hour event.