“The National Farm to School Network (NFSN) began as a collaborative effort of the Community Food Security Coalition and the Urban & Environmental Policy Institute (UEPI) at Occidental College. Together, these organizations have been leaders in supporting and nurturing Farm to School programs since their inception in the 1990s, and co-led and supported the development of the NFSN, since its planning stages in 2005. NFSN has grown to support Farm to School programs in all 50 states through an expanding national and regional infrastructure and staff. It has been a success story for collaborative and participatory program and policy changes to support local and regional food systems.
NFSN is now moving towards its next stage of development – by becoming an independent entity that will soon be operating under a fiscal sponsor. The co-founding organizations, the Community Food Security Coalition and UEPI, fully support and celebrate this move and will continue to collaborate and work with NFSN through this transition and into the future. This will include such opportunities as UEPI’s involvement in Farm to Preschool and Regional Food Hub programs, and the Coalition’s continuing role in Farm to School federal policy work.
Farm to School programs are an essential component of strong and just local and regional food systems, ensuring the health of all school children, farms, environment, economy and communities. We hope – and anticipate – that there will be a Farm to School program in every school district of the country in the coming years!”
A message from Robert Gottlieb (UEPI) and Marion Kalb (Community Food Security Coalition) to COMFOOD list serv.