About Farm to School BC
Farm to School BC brings healthy, local and sustainable food into schools across British Columbia and provides students with hands-on learning opportunities that develop food literacy, all while strengthening the local food system and enhancing school and community connectedness.
Core Elements of Farm to School BC
Farm to School BC empowers students and school communities to make informed food choices while contributing to vibrant, sustainable regional food systems that support the health of people, community and environment. Farm to school activities differ by school, but always include the following three elements:
Healthy, Local Food
Schools source local food in a variety of ways, including through direct farmer relationships, food distributors, schoolyard farms, or the harvesting of wild or traditional foods. When local food arrives in schools, it is often served in the form of a salad bar, hot lunch program, tasting activity, fundraiser, or community celebration.
Food literacy is a critically important component of Farm to School BC. Step into any school offering a Farm to School BC activity and you will find students learning about food in the school garden, greenhouse, kitchen, lunchroom or classroom. They may also be getting ready for field trips to local farms, forests and shores.
School & Community Connectedness
The most successful and sustainable Farm to School BC activities are built upon strong relationships between schools and farmers, community members, and support organizations, tapping into local knowledge, passion, skills and resources.
Farm to School BC Evaluation Summary Report – 2019
The Public Health Association of BC contracted Howegroup Public Sector Consultants to conduct an external evaluation of Farm to School BC with the intention to determine the program’s impact on students’ fruit and vegetable consumption, social and emotional health, learning outcomes and program sustainability.
The Farm to School BC evaluation was carried out between September 2018 and June 2019. The evaluation was guided by an Evaluation Working Group, consisting of representatives from health authorities, Farm to School BC community animators and Provincial Health Services Authority, who had substantial input into the development of the evaluation framework.