Farm to School

Maryland has recently implemented an unfunded farm-to-school legislation, The Jane Lawton Act, and has placed a priority on serving fresh local food in the schools. From 2009 to 2010, a partnership of researchers and Extension specialists developed a study to examine the supply chain for local foods in Maryland school meals, investigate the barriers and opportunities for increasing local foods in schools, and develop outreach programs to meet the needs identified, with an eye towards improving farmer incomes. Interviews and surveys were administered with stakeholders from the entire supply chain. Results from those efforts include: