West Chester University
Farm to College Program: Supporting local economies and reducing the number of miles food travels by facilitating direct relationships between farms and college dining services.
Every minute of every single day, America loses two acres of farmland. In fact, Pennsylvania ranks sixth in the nation as losing best farmland to development (American Farmland Trust). One way to mediate the pressure of selling land to developers is to ensure farmers receive a fair price for their products. By eliminating the "middleman," farmers selling directly to colleges can capture a larger portion of the food dollar.
Colleges and universities across the nation are looking to local farmers to supply fresh, locally-raised products for use in campus dining halls. Likewise, farmers are looking to colleges and universities as a steady market for their farm products. That's where the farm to school program comes in.