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Farm to School in Connecticut

Farm to school (FTS) programs across the State of Connecticut connect schools with fresh, local food producers. Using local procurement, school gardens, and education, these programs benefit both local producers and nutrition programs.

Benefits of Farm to School

The National Farm to School Network found that farm to school programs benefit both students and their local communities. These include increases in school meal participation, access to fresh fruits and vegetables, dollars spent in the local economy, and overall academic achievement in K-12.
CT SFAs that completed the 2019 USDA Farm to School Census highlighted benefits of:
  • Higher Quality Foods
  • Student Knowledge About Local and Healthy Foods
  • Increased Kitchen Staff Satisfaction
  • Increased Food Cooked from Scratch
  • Increased Consumption of Items in School Meals
  • Reduced Food Waste
  • Increased Participation in School Meals
Zwick Center for Food and Resource Policy: Farm to School in Connecticut

2022-2023 SFA Report

The Zwick Center has worked with the Connecticut Department of Agriculture, Connecticut State Department of Education, the Connecticut Farm to School Collaborative, and Connecticut Food Corps to develop a baseline understanding of local food procurement practices in K-12 Schools in Connecticut.

The Connecticut Farm to School (FTS) Study consisted of two portions.

  • A survey of the 173 CT School Food Authorities (SFA)
  • Semi-structured interviews with 19 representative SFA directors

An overview of our results can be found here: Report Fact Sheet