The Farm to School BC network provides a framework that helps to unite the farm to school work that is happening across the province to bring healthy, local and sustainable food and food literacy-based experiential learning into BC schools. Our network spans across the province and beyond.
Farm to School BC is organized into eight Regional Hubs, each coordinated by a local Community Animator, advised by an Advisory Committee, and supported by a network of stakeholders.
The current Regional Hubs are:
- Capital Region (School Districts 61, 62, 63, 64)
- Central Island Region (School Districts 68, 69, 70)
- Kamloops Region (School Districts 73, 83)
- Northwest Region (School Districts 54, 82)
- North Central Region (School Districts 28, 57, 91)
- Sunshine Coast (School District 46)
- Surrey Region (School District 36)
- Vancouver Region (School Districts 38, 39, 44, 45)
Health Region Leads
Health Region Leads are the main contacts between the local health authorities and Farm to School BC. Health Region Leads stay connected to provincial and national farm to school activities and help to communicate Farm to School BC information to key stakeholders in their region.
Farm to School BC connects with other partners involved in promoting and supporting Comprehensive School Health including Healthy Schools BC, DASH BC, and the work of the BC Food Systems Network.
Farm to School BC maintains a comprehensive e-platform to share knowledge, information and resources among network members. Network members connect to Farm to School BC through our seasonal Farm to School BC newsletters, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube accounts as well as through our website.
We are connected to the Farm to School movement through Farm to Cafeteria Canada‘s National Farm to School Network, as well as the Coalition for Healthy School Food through Food Secure Canada.
We are also connected with the US National Farm to School Network and the Farm to School Networks of the western states of Washington, Oregon and California.
Farm to School BC is a program of the Public Health Association of BC (PHABC), a voluntary, non-profit, non-government, member-driven organization that provides leadership to promote health, well-being and social equity. They fulfill their mission through advocacy, collaboration, education and research.