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Farm 2 School

The Cheatham County School District has been awarded a United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Farm 2 School grant for the 2022-2023 school year. 

In partnership with the Northwest Tennessee Local Food Network based in Martin, the district is working to develop school and district Farm 2 School initiatives through the creation of “Grow Cheatham,” an action plan to advance local sourcing of nutrient rich produce and protein, provide economic impact locally, and increase education about food production and healthy lifestyles. 

School-based activities, including field trips, school farming practices, and education on food waste and recycling, are also key components embedded in the grant.

October is Farm 2 School Month. Our schools have several activities planned for our students and community. 

The district has partnered with well-known Farm 2 Table chef Hal Holden-Bache, who is working with our cafeteria staffs to create and prepare local recipe dishes that will be tested in our schools and community events. Holden-Bache lives in Kingston Springs and owns Lockeland Table restaurant in East Nashville. 

During the week of Oct. 3, each school will offer a Farm 2 School taste testing where students will have the opportunity to sample a variety of dishes featuring locally grown meats, vegetables, and fruits and provide feedback on each dish. 

Celebrating the end of Farm 2 School Month, our schools, local farmers, and the Cheatham County Farm 2 School program will host a community taste testing featuring the most highly rated student choices from our student taste test events throughout the district.

A Community Taste Test will be held on Thursday, October 27 at the Ashland City Elementary STEM Academy cafeteria from 5-7 p.m. You are invited to come sample the menu items (while they last) and learn more about our Farm 2 School initiative.

We are asking our families to provide input on our Farm 2 School initiative. We ask that you take this short 3-minute Parent Survey: https://forms.office.com/r/BZGN5xazmp.

We hope this grant will allow us to make a long-term impact in the nutrition of our students and the local agricultural economy in Cheatham County.

For more information about the Northwest Tennessee Local Food Network, click here.

The Northwest Tennessee Local Food Network is hosting a Taste of Tennessee Harvest of the Month poster contest for students in grades K-12. For complete details, click here.