April 30, 2015

Farm to School Legislation

Martha's Vineyard Public Charter Schools students have worked together with Island Grown Schools and our State Representative Tim Madden to draft legislation to support farm-to-school efforts in Massachusetts. Now that the draft has been submitted, the students have been advocating throughout the state to build a student network and raise awareness of farm to school programs among legislators. In April junior Astrid Tilton and seniors Bella Maidoff and Skyler Cole traveled to the State House to participate and advocate for their legislation at Ag Day - an annual agricultural advocacy day organized by the Massachusetts Farm Bureau. Astrid also traveled to Boston University for the Green Schools 8th Annual conference to speak about her classmates' work and how writing this bill has been an opportunity for not-yet-voters to act politically. Next week on May 6th the Charter School students (and other students across the state) will return to the State House for the biggest day of advocacy yet! Island Grown Schools has joined with Mass Farm to School Project, Food Corps, Project Bread, and Green Schools to organize Farm to School Day - a chance for students, educators, farmers and advocates to meet with their elected officials and share why farm to school is important in their communities. We hope that increasing visibility of farm to school programs will encourage support for future state-level policies expanding food education, local food in school meals, and school gardens in Massachusetts. Visit Mass Farm to School website for the schedule details on Wednesday, May 6th. Please be in touch with our program director Noli Taylor at noli@islandgrown.com if you would like to join us at the State House or want advice contacting your legislators by phone to support our bill.