In the fall of 2013, Desta Reff, the Harvard Law School/Mississippi State University fellow, produced this documentary on Farm to School programs in Mississippi. The documentary was shown at the 2013 Farm to Cafeteria Conference on December 3rd, 2013, to an audience of over 150 people. It chronicles the efforts of schools, growers, and advocates in Mississippi working to increase children’s consumption of fresh, healthy, locally grown foods. Watch it here.
Over the past few years, the Harvard Food Law and Policy Clinic has worked closely with the Mississippi Food Policy Council, as well as farmers, schools, government agencies and other stakeholders in Mississippi to foster the creation of Farm to School programs in the state. The initial Clinic project was a report on barriers to expanding farm to school in Mississippi, written in spring 2011 (Expanding Farm to School in Mississippi). Following that report, the Food Law and Policy Clinic, working with the Harvard Law School Mississippi Delta Project, developed legislative recommendations (Mississippi Farm to School Legislative Recommendations) that the Mississippi Food Policy Council and the Mississippi Legislative Task Force on Healthy Food Access could use for advocacy for farm to school legislation in 2012. Two of these recommendations passed in the state legislature and are now state laws.