Support local school and community gardens and join the growing Farm to School movement.

  • Grow your own food at home or in a community garden
  • Plant a school garden
  • Get involved with non-profits working on Farm to School and sustainable local food projects

Support the movement for healthy, affordable and sustainable food! Learn more and support school garden programs, such as the Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden Foundation in Australia, and Garden to Table in New Zealand, which teaches kids about growing, harvesting, preparing, and sharing fresh, seasonal food.

Explore the Edible Schoolyard Project, creating edible education curriculum and promoting gardens as interactive classrooms. Consider becoming a FoodCorps service member and work to build and expand school gardens across the United States.

Get connected with other gardeners at Kitchen Gardeners International or support local community garden projects at ioby.

Support Farm to School programs, connecting schools with local farms with the objectives of serving healthy meals in school cafeterias and supporting local small farmers. Learn how to start a program at your school by joining the Farm to School Network. Check out Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution and The Lunch Box for online tools and recipes to transform school food into healthy meals for kids. Learn more about the Real Food Challenge with a goal of increasing real food served on college and university campuses.

The Jamie Oliver Food Foundation and Food Day have joined forces to promote food education and cooking classes in schools across America. Learn more and sign on to support the Get Food Education in Every School campaign raising awareness about the critical importance of food education.

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Choose to buy seasonal, locally grown, organic food.

  • Shop at your local farmers market or join a CSA (community supported agriculture)
  • Seek out businesses that offer local and sustainable food choices
  • Support local family farms to strengthen regional markets and access to healthy food

From field to fork, an average dinner travels 1,500 miles. But your food doesn't have to travel halfway around the planet. When you buy from local farms, your dollars stay within your community and support local farmers. When you choose organic, you are investing in healthy food and a clean environment.

Visit www.LocalHarvest.org for a farm or market near you. Check out www.EatWellGuide.org for a list of local and sustainable eating options wherever you go. Explore the Grace Communications Foundation Sustainable Table resources and challenge yourself to make the best possible choices in the food you buy and cook everyday. View the USA Farm Stars Farm to Table Guides for lists of local farms and farm-to-table restaurants in cities across America.

Learn more about businesses that are creating solutions and driving positive change in the food industry. Patagonia Provisions recognizes that what and how we choose to eat makes a significant impact on the environment. They are offering a growing selection of foods that address environmental issues and support local food producers.

Support Farm Aid and their effort to keep family farmers on their land. Farm Aid supports family farmers by inspiring people to choose local food from family farms. Find good food from family farmers and explore Farm Aid’s Homegrown resources to share skills like growing, cooking and food preservation.

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Speak up for your vision of a sustainable local food system.

  • Join the policy discussion focused on sustainable local food systems
  • Promote food security by engaging the next generation of young farmers
  • Support the Just Label It Campaign for your right to know what is in your food

Healthy food should be available and affordable to everyone. Policies should be implemented to improve food access and food security, transform the school food program, and educate the public about food choices that strengthen local markets and support sustainable family farms.

Get educated about important sustainable agriculture policy issues through organizations and forums such as the American Farmland Trust, the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition, and The Land Stewardship Project.

Recent agricultural census figures show the fastest growing group of farmers and ranchers are those over age 65. With growing demand for food production, it is essential to prepare and support the next generation of farmers. The National Young Farmers Coalition mobilizes and engages young farmers to ensure their success now and into the future.

Unlike most developed countries, the United States has no laws requiring the labeling of genetically engineered foods. More than 90% of Americans support mandatory labeling of genetically engineered foods in order to make informed choices about what they eat. Learn more about the Just Label It campaign and tell Congress that you have a right to know what is in your food. When you shop, look for non-GMO verified products listed at The Non-GMO Project. If your favorite product is not yet verified, use your voice to encourage company participation and help ensure a non-GMO food supply.

Connect to the All At Once non-profit partners promoting sustainable local food systems.

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