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Valentine Cadieux, Tahsha LePage, Phoebe Ward, Monica Saralampi, Martha Megarry, Maria Frank, Matt Gunther, Authors
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Farm-to-___

Farm-to-___ (for example farm-to-school, farm-to-hospital, or generally farm-to-institution) is defined by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics as
  • "An effort to connect cafeteria foodservice in schools, colleges, corporations, hospitals, and other institutions with local farms with the objective of serving healthy meals; improving student and customer nutrition; providing agriculture, health and nutrition education opportunities; and supporting local and regional farmers."
and in A Science Roadmap for Food and Agriculture as
  • "Programs where farmers sell their produce directly to local [e.g. hospitals, schools]. [Hospitals/schools]
    benefit by having fresh produce, and both farmers and [hospitals/schools] benefit
    economically by avoiding the middleman."
Economic Impact of Farm to School in Central Minnesota defines farm-to-school, specifically, as
  • "sourcing local farm products for school cafeterias. Often, the purchases are combined with learning activities for the students, centered around nutrition and farm education," and support of the local economy is an additional justification often brought up.



Within the tag family "The Food System," in the "Transportation, Delivery, and Distribution Networks" cluster.

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