Farm to School of North Carolina Awards
Farm to School of NC AWARDS
The Farm to School (f2s) Awards of NC will be given to Local Educational Agencies (LEAs) in North Carolina who are doing impactful work in farm to school. The Award is presented by the Farm to School Coalition of NC and its steering committee members—NC Department of Public Instruction, NC Department of Agriculture & Consumer Services, NC Department of Health and Human Services, NC Cooperative Extension, FoodCorps NC, Appalachian Sustainable Agriculture Project (ASAP), and the Center for Environmental Farming Systems—as well as a number of other f2s partners.
Honored LEAs will be recognized by the Farm to School Coalition of NC every fall.
LEAs are recognized at five levels denoting varying levels of engagement in farm to school:
- Silver, and
- Bronze Awards.
- Honorary awards also distinguish programs that are just getting started.
LEAs that satisfy all eleven criteria are awarded a Platinum award; nine criteria meets the Gold level; seven criteria meets the Silver level; five criteria (at least one each in all 3 categories) meets the Bronze level, and two criteria meets the Honorary level. An additional award, the Outstanding Award, will be given to the school/district/LEA with the outstanding farm to school program.
Opening Date: Monday, 6/17 Application Deadline: Wednesday, 7/31
Requirement: Before final submission, the completed application must be sent to local education agency (LEA) Superintendent or other administrator for approval.
We aim for the Farm to School of NC AWARDS to be designed by those who will apply and who daily engage in this work, and be designed such that the awards are equitable, truly honoring all impactful work being done in farm to school.
Desired Outcomes (what the award will do, concrete and measurable):
- honor f2s work being done;
- increase f2s visibility;
- encourage more and stronger farm to school programs (more schools, counties, LEAs);
- collect data as advocacy tool; and,
- strengthen visibility of racial equity efforts in f2s
Impacts (what will be different if award is successful, longer term effect of outcomes):
- increased School Nutrition and other stakeholder capacity in f2s,
- increased consumption of fruits and vegetables by children,
- increased food system, food, and agriculture literacy,
- increased future agriculture and food systems leaders
- strengthened healthy food school environments,
- more f2s supportive policies on all levels,
- increase market opportunities for small, medium and large farmer support, and,
- more f2s dedicated funding.