This 10-page March 2012 document from the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy (IATP), in partnership with the Minnesota School Nutrition Association, summarizes results of a survey of food service leaders in all Minnesota school districts. According to IATP's www.farm2school.org web site, Farm to School "promotes children's health by providing fresh, healthy and minimally processed foods to schools, while building markets for farmers whose products have historically been absent from school lunch trays."
Among the results of the March 2012 study, which addressed calendar year 2011:
* The number of Minnesota school districts engaged in Farm to School has risen sharply from fewer than 20 districts in 2006 to 145 districts in 2011.
* IATP estimates that the total Farm to School purchases by Minnesota school districts in 2011 were approximately $1,328,000, which is roughly double the estimated amount for 2010.
* Among districts engaged in Farm to School, 75 percent purchased directly from a farmer or producer-owned business, up from 44 percent in 2009.
* 43% of participating food service leaders perceive that student consumption of fruits and vegetables increases when these foods are part of their Farm to School program.
For more details about survey results, see the web link below.