Motivations and challenges in Farm to School participation
Watson, Marissa Catherine
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This paper explores the potential for the Georgia’s public schools to participate in the Farm to School program. A survey was conducted with the Georgia Department of Education and Georgia Organics to assess the feasibility of Farm to School participation in Georgia. From the data, it was concluded that the willingness to participate exists, as well as the tools necessary for participation. What appears to be missing is the infrastructure that would allow schools to purchase food easily and frequently. This primary dataset was then paired with secondary data from USDA and CDC to establish a correlation between Farm to School, obesity, and food hardship. The data was regressed using a PROBIT model in STATA. This study’s results indicate that school districts are more influenced by food hardship considerations than nutritional issues (such as obesity) in deciding to participate in the Farm to School program.