About Homegrown Lawrence
Check out the great Lawrence.com article about the upcoming festival.
Homegrown Lawrence supports Farm to School projects in Lawrence schools, primarily focusing on school gardens. We aim to connect community and schools, farmers and students, and chefs with school cafeterias to support individual school garden projects with educational outreach, community partnerships and monetary funding. Our primary focus is for the establishment of new and expansion of existing school gardens. As the success of school garden projects in Lawrence is growing, there is an increased need for support which has gone beyond our initial resources.
Farm to School and Farm to School Month (October) are broadly defined programs that connect schools (K-12) with local farms and gardens with the objectives of serving healthy meals in school cafeterias, improving student nutrition, providing agriculture, health and nutrition education opportunities, and supporting regional farming. Farm to School programs exist in all 50 states, but Farm to School programs are as diverse as the communities that build them.
In Lawrence, as of 2011, there are several prominent businesses supporting individual Farm to School and school garden projects. But there is much to be done to maintain and expand those programs, as well as establish new programs and gardens for all interested schools.
Homegrown Lawrence seeks to support the development and expansion of school garden projects, based on student participation levels and geographical location. The seeds are planted, and we aim to help them grow.