Date of Award
Doctor of Education (EdD)
A large school district in the southeastern United States has embraced the national Farm to School (F2S) movement. The school district grows organic produce at its farm as well as two greenhouses. The goal of the program is to improve the eating habits of students while giving them insight into the importance of agriculture through educational opportunities. The study of the school district’s F2S program was conducted to determine the effectiveness of the program. The effectiveness was determined utilizing two metrics: the cost of production and the qualitative educational dynamic. The study found that the production aspect is sustainable. The F2S program is saving money on the produce utilized in the cafeterias of the school district. The educational dynamic is progressing but lacks clarity and advertisement. The study found that the F2S program is viable from a production standpoint and is worthwhile from a qualitative educational aspect.
Sellars, Patrick, "Farm to School Program Evaluation" (2021). Doctor of Education Dissertations. 42.
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