IATP's Community Food Systems program is helping revitalize local economies, give farmers stable and predictable income through the buying power of institutions, like school districts and hospitals, and get fresh and healthy local food to students and communities. We are currently developing a model project for Farm to Head Start purchasing to put good food into the hands of underserved young children, because lifelong learning requires lifelong healthy eating.
The Tri-Valley Opportunity Council operates several head start centers across Western Minnesota, including this location in St. Cloud. Many of the children come from migrant families who work seasonally on farms in the state.
If you live in Minnesota, shaping the platform of the political parties to pay more attention to good food access and healthy, vibrant farms is something you have the opportunity to do on Tuesday, February 6 at 7pm with your fellow Minnesotans at the caucuses.
2017 has been a dynamic year for the Farm to Institution program at IATP! This was the second year we engaged with multiple Head Start program partners concurrently to implement our Farm to Head Start model, with a final cohort of four partner programs.
It's Farm to School Month! Erin McKee and Katie Costello talk about IATP's Farm to Institution program. Then Ben Lilliston joins the podcast to talk about the Local FARMS act that was just introduced in Congress.