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Ing. Katarína Melichová, PhD.
Identification number: 30654
University e-mail: katarina.melichova [at]

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Type of thesis:
Diploma thesis
Thesis title:Assessing the Effectiveness of the Supporting Legislation and Institutional Environment in the United States’ Farm to School Program
Written by (author): Emily Nachtigal
Thesis supervisor:
Ing. Katarína Melichová, PhD.
Opponent:prof. Ing. Pavol Schwarcz, PhD.
Final thesis progress:
Final thesis was successfully defended.

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Slovak        English

Title of the thesis:
Assessing the Effectiveness of the Supporting Legislation and Institutional Environment in the United States’ Farm to School Program
The United States´ Farm to School program works to connect local producers with local school districts in the aim of serving more fresh food in the school lunch program, providing an additional market for producers and strengthening the community overall. In order to further develop the Farm to School program, states have passed numerous types of legislation. This thesis works to better understand if three of the Farm to School stakeholder groups in Minnesota believe legislation can ultimately help overcome the barriers they are currently facing while participating in the program. The three stakeholder groups observed in this thesis are producers, food hubs, and school districts. The stakeholder groups have different perceptions of the current state of the program as well as what local products are currently being used and what could be better utilized. The primary focus of this research was on producers and food hubs because the majority of literature available on the Farm to School program has focused on school districts, students, and public health. The study finds the states states that have passed Farm to School legislation generally see a higher percentage of school districts participating in Farm to School and a higher percentage of schools obtaining and serving local food from producers, food hubs, and cooperatives. The amount of legislation introduced and passed by state legislatures is increasing every year. It is important to understand if this legislation is having the desired impact on F2S programs and helping to overcome the barriers producers, food hubs, and school districts face.
Key words:food hubs, local procurement, Minnesota, farm to school

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