Addressing Dietetic Internship Competencies through Local Food and Farm to School

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From the Appalachian Sustainable Agriculture Project: Dietetic Interns have cited numerous benefits of participation in farm to school programs, including: unique rotation placement for supervised practice hours, civic engagement, opportunities to be a leader among their peers and in the community, and meaningful application of didactic knowledge to nutrition education and food service management projects. Dietetic Interns report they gained hands-on experience in teaching about local food, learned how to effectively educate and work with children, and gained an understanding of how to integrate and work with community partners, skills not always taught in academic programs.

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