A Letter from Denise Juneau, State Superintendent,
Montana Office of Public Instruction
Montana schools are improving access to fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grains and local food. They are also working to educate students about the origins of food and healthy eating and to get students up and moving. On October 7, I signed a proclamation officially declaring that October is Farm to School Month in Montana. Farm to School month is a great opportunity to draw attention to all the important work that is positively impacting the health of our students.
Farm to School programs aim to improve child nutrition by helping children understand and experience where their food comes from. They incorporate healthy, farm-fresh food in school meals and snacks, provide increased opportunity for garden-based learning, provide agriculture education across the curriculum, and strengthen community-wide connections to support Montana\’s local farmers and children’s well-being.
Farm to School programs have something for everyone because they can improve learning, nutrition, and local economies. Community-based agriculture has the potential for creating jobs, developing small business entrepreneurships, and keeping precious dollars in the community.
The Office of Public Instruction, Montana Team Nutrition Program, Farm to Cafeteria Network, Montana FoodCorps, Eat Right Montana and other statewide partners have created a guide to help schools across Montana participate in Farm to School Month in their cafeterias, classrooms, and communities.
To download the Farm to School Month guide and for more information about Farm to School programs, visit http://opi.mt.gov/Farm2School.
Thanks for everything you do to keep students healthy and ready to learn!
Denise Juneau, Superintendent