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Join us for a Big Day of Action for Farm to School on Oct 22!

Farm to school graphic with farmer and kids

October is National Farm to School Month, and all month long we’ve been celebrating the benefits of farm to school for kids, farmers, and communities – but Farm to School Month isn’t only a time for celebration – it’s also a time for action.

Earlier this year, the bipartisan team of Senators Patrick Leahy (D-VT) and Thad Cochran (R-MS), and Representatives Jeff Fortenberry (R-NE) and Marcia Fudge (D-OH) introduced the Farm to School Act of 2015. With additional support from your Members of Congress, this bill can become part of the Child Nutrition Act reauthorization (CNR) package.

The bill would be a major win for kids, farmers and communities around the country, providing additional mandatory funding for the USDA Farm to School Grant Program and expanding the program’s scope to include preschools, summer food program sites and after school programs. But Congress is running behind, and the original deadline for passing a new Child Nutrition Act expired on Sept. 30. That’s why now, more than ever, Congress needs to hear from YOU that it’s time to finish CNR and support farm to school.

Join our Big Day of Farm to School Action on Oct. 22, 2015, and let the world know that farm to school is a win for kids, farmers and communities!

  • Share your story: Post a photo of your school garden (or orchard, or greenhouse…), farm fields, or students at lunch on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram and use the hashtags: #moreF2SinCNR and #farmtoschool. Use one of our suggested posts below.
  • Call your legislator today: Tell them what farm to school means to your kids, farmers and community – it takes less than five minutes and is so easy! Learn how below.
  • Endorse the Farm to School Act of 2015 as a “citizen supporter” and show your support for the positive change it can bring to schools and communities! Do you represent an organization that can endorse the bill? Sign your organization on to this organizational support letter!
  • Make real-world connections: Pick up the phone and schedule that field trip to a local farm, or invite parents and local policymakers to school lunch this fall. Interested in learning how to invite a legislator to your school? We can help!
  • Grow the movement: Ask your friends and family to join you in telling Congress to support kids and family farms. Share this page with five people today.


Calling your legislators is one of the fastest, most effective ways to make change. Nervous? Never done it before? Here’s a quick how-to:

  • Look up your legislators (everyone has two Senators and one Representative) on Govtrack and find their DC office phone number.
  • Take a deep breath, pick up the phone, dial the number, and share a message like this with the person who answers the phone:

“Hi, my name is [your name] and I’m a constituent [also let them know if you’re a farmer, a parent, a teacher, etc.]. I’d like to share a message with [your legislator’s name], please. The message is: please support farm to school efforts in [your community] by supporting the inclusion of the Farm to School Act of 2015 in the Child Nutrition Act reauthorization. We are counting on you to stand with our community’s farmers and kids on this important issue.”

  • We can’t say it enough – phone calls are FAST, EASY and one of the BEST things you can do to help pass stronger legislation for farm to school. Try it today!


Is your school participating in a Big Apple Crunch? Joining your student for a local lunch in the cafeteria? Hosting a harvest event with students in the school garden? Snap a photo (or take a quick video) and share it online with the hashtags #moreF2SinCNR and/or #farmtoschool! Don’t have a photo? Share our Big Day of Action graphics on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.

For schools:

Here’s what #farmtoschool looks like in action! @[Your Legislator], invest in our future & support #moreF2SinCNR

With #farmtoschool, our students enjoy eating healthy fruits & vegetables everyday. That’s why we need #moreF2SinCNR

For farmers:

#Farmtoschool allows farmers like me to feed my community healthy, local food. I support #moreF2SinCNR

As a farmer, I believe in participating in #farmtoschool in [your community] because [your reasons here]. I support #moreF2SinCNR!

For everyone: 

Congress: #farmtoschool is a win for kids, farmers & communities. Invest in our future with #moreF2SinCNR! 

Kids in #farmtoschool are more willing to try new, healthy foods + do better in school #moreF2SinCNR

.@USDA #FarmtoSchool Grants helped +12K schools improve healthy meals. Let’s not stop there! We need #moreF2SinCNR



How Can I Get Involved with NSAC?

If you care about getting healthy food to everyone, protecting our natural resources, and supporting the next generation of American farmers, then you’ll want to get involved this year!

  • STAY INFORMED: Sign up for Action Alerts on our homepage; this is our #1 means to communicate with people like you when it’s time to take action.
  • GROW THE MOVEMENT: Share this page with your friends and family and ask them to join our campaign!
  • TELL YOUR STORY: Are you a farmer who has benefited from – or struggled with – federal farm programs? We want to hear from you! Contact us to share your experience and potentially be part of our farmer storybank.
  • GET TO KNOW YOUR LEGISLATORS: Do you know who your Senators and Representative are? Do you know how they vote on sustainable agriculture issues? Find out who represents you here; send ‘em an email and ask them how they voted on the issues that matter to YOU.
  • JOIN US ON SOCIAL MEDIA: Did you know that many legislators really do read what folks share with them via Facebook and Twitter? Follow NSAC on Facebook and Twitter – and consider following your legislators, too!