Harvesting lettuce

Farm to School

Find out how Somerville is helping students make the connection between what we grow and what we eat. 

Learn about Farm to School

Find out about school kale chip taste tests, students planting and eating their own produce and our salad bar CSA! Read the Somerville Farm to School blog

Fresh Fruit & Vegetable Program Weekly Menu

Students at several district schools receive a Free Fruit or Vegetable Snack in the mornings to support healthy eating and expose them to a wide variety of delicious and fresh produce. You can find the Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Weekly Menu on our homepage. Thanks you to the Massachusettes Department of Elementary and Secondary Education Students for supporting the grant funding for this program.

FFVP Letter to Teachers and Parents

Our Featured Vegetable of the Month

January: Root Vegetables

February: Cabbage

March: Leafy Greens

April: Broccoli

May: Spring Greens

June: Peas and Beans

July: Tomato

August: Summer Squash and Zucchini

September: Peppers

October: Corn

November: Winter Squash and Pumpkins

December: Potatoes and Sweet Potatoes

Vegetable of the Month Nutrition Info & Recipe Sources

Partners and Resources

Good education requires strong partnerships between school, community and families. Students are more likely to make healthy eating choices if they have opportunities to make good choices at school and at home, and connect to food sources. The Somerville Food and Nutrition Services Department works the following partners to encourage families to learn more about helping children make healthy food choices:

Shape Up Somerville
Tufts University
UMass Extension Nutrition Program - offers classroom nutrition instruction linked to food service improvements and Shape Up Somerville goals
Groundwork Somerville - GWS's mission is to bring about the sustained regeneration, improvement and management of the physical environment through the development of community-based partnerships which empower people, businesses and organizations to promote environmental, economic and social well-being.  GWS helps manage the school gardens.

Other partners and online resources include:

Let's Move Salad Bars to Schools
Chop Chop magazine
John C. Stalker Institute
Massachusetts Farm to School Project
Project Bread
School Nutrition Association
USDA Food and Nutrition Service
Lunch Lessons: Changing the Way We Feed Our Children - Chef Ann Cooper
Let's Move