From Apples to Zucchini: Bridging the Gap Between Students and Local Producers Through the Implementation of a Farm to School Program
In order to better understand the recently formed alternative food movement of Farm to School programs I analyzed current literature on the topic and used such literature to guide my own case study of a Farm to School program. My case study involved interviews with individuals working within a Farm to School program including the Business Director, Head and Sous Chef, Consumer Family Studies teacher, and farmers. From each interview I pulled themes that were emphasized and examined these themes alongside findings from the literature. This analysis led me to find that Farm to School programs require a passionate individual behind it and must take into the desires and health of students. The program must also work to reach beyond the cafeteria, and requires changes to the operation of a cafeteria that have benefits and drawbacks. Because of the nature of my study I have also included the role of advocacy in my study as I look to offer help to my population. Together these components allow for an in-depth look at the operation of a Farm to School program.
© Copyright 2012 Emily J. Gallivan