Green Mountain Farm-to-School
Green Mountain Farm-to-School's mission is to restore and strengthen local food systems in Vermont by promoting positive economic and educational relationships between schools, farms, and communities. Our vision is to build local food systems in Vermont that promote environmental stewardships, create sustainable local economies, and nurture the health and well-being of our children and our communities.
in 2005, our program began as a single school garden at the Jay/Westfield Elementary School. in 2007, this program grew into a pilot farm-to-school program operating at five schools in the Northeast Kingdom of Vermont that build five school gardens and provided over 500 students with fresh foods from over 25 farms. In 2008, the founding partners of the pilot program established Green Mountain Farm-to-School in order to replicate this successful program in other communities and to strengthen local food systems in Vermont.
During the 2012-2013 academic year, GMFTS aims to serve 25 schools with fresh local foods and nutrition and agriculture education, benefiting over 5,000 children.