SDE: Farm to School Program

Farm to School Program

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{apples} The Farm to School Program involves a variety of school experiences and programs about gardening, educating children about nutrition and purchasing fresh, locally grown farm products. Farm to School connects schools
(K-12) and local farms with the objectives of:

  • serving healthy meals in school cafeterias;
  • improving student nutrition;
  • providing agriculture, health and nutrition education opportunities; and 
  • supporting local and regional farmers.
The Connecticut Department of Agriculture works with state agencies such as the Connecticut Department of Education, and has developed a Web site devoted to Connecticut’s Farm to School Program. This site contains:

  • a list of participating school districts;
  • a list of participating farmers;
  • Farm to School promotional materials and programs; and
  • Web links and publications.

Uncas School in Norwich, Connecticut celebrates Connecticut Grown for Connecticut Kids Week.
Students are pictured with Jean Palazzi from Palazzi Orchard in Dayville, CT.


For more resources, review "Farm to School"in the Nutrition Education section of the CSDE's Resource Lists.


CSDE School Nutrition Programs Staff
Connecticut State Department of Education
Bureau of Health, Nutrition, Family Services and Adult Education
25 Industrial Park Road, Middletown, CT 06457
Telephone: 860-807-2050
Fax: 860-807-2127

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) prohibits discrimination against its customers, employees, and applicants for employment on the bases of race, color, national origin, age, disability, sex, gender identity, religion, reprisal and, where applicable, political beliefs, marital status, familial or parental status, sexual orientation, or if all or part of an individual's income is derived from any public assistance program, or protected genetic information in employment or in any program or activity conducted or funded by the Department. (Not all prohibited bases will apply to all programs and/or employment activities.)

If you wish to file a Civil Rights program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, found online at or at any USDA office, or call (866) 632-9992 to request the form. You may also write a letter containing all of the information requested in the form. Send your completed complaint form or letter to us by mail at U.S. Department of Agriculture, Director, Office of Adjudication, 1400 Independence Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20250-9410, by fax (202) 690-7442 or email at Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339; or (800) 845-6136 (Spanish). USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.

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