After seven years of solid growth in participation of Ontario schools, the popular Fresh from the Farm program is once again available to schools across the province. The program promotes fresh Ontario-grown food and healthy eating, while offering fundraising opportunities for schools. It also connects students with farmers and helps them understand where their food comes from, and the importance of local food.
In 2018, 554 participating Ontario schools retained an average $800 through sales of almost 770 kilograms of fresh produce per school. More than 1,700 Ontario schools have participated in Fresh from the Farm to date. The schools have collectively distributed about 1.7 million kilograms of fresh, local fruit and vegetables to Ontario families, and generated a total of approximately $4 million in local food sales.
Enrolment for schools opened as of May 7, 2019, and runs until Sept. 27, 2019. To answer any questions, go to: www.freshfromfarm.ca
The Ontario Fruit and Vegetable Growers’ Association (OFVGA) is assuming responsibility for the program from Dietitians of Canada beginning this year, and OFVGA would like to express its appreciation for the many years of successful management provided by Dietitians of Canada. The OFVGA is also grateful for the continuing support of its provincial partners: the Ontario ministry of agriculture, food and rural affairs (OMAFRA) and ministry of education.
Source: Ontario government May 7, 2019 news release