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Farm to School

The goal of Farm to School is to get more locally grown product into the school cafeterias.  Farm to school programs can be as big as serving up locally grown fruit, vegetable or other item once a day or as little as once a school year.  Large or small, each program is important and supports the health and well being of students and farmers.

Research carried out by the National Farm to School Network shows that Farm to School programs can result in:

  • Students consuming more fruits and vegetables and having greater knowledge of agriculture and healthy eating;
  • School food service operations increasing both the amount of fresh fruits and vegetables served and increasing their revenues from adult and student participation in school meal programs;
  • Farmers diversifying their markets, securing contracts for their products and establishing grower collaborative's and cooperatives.

USDA Resources

USDA Farm to School Site

USDA Farm to School Grant Program Update

2015 USDA Farm to School Census Results

Produce Safety Materials

USDA Memos

SP-06-2015     Farm to School and School Garden Expenses
SP-03-2013     Procurement Geographic Preference O&As - Part II
SP-01-2013     Federal Small Purchase Threshold Adjustment
SP-18-2011     Procurement Geographic Perference Q&As
SP-13-2010     Farm to School Activities
SP-32-2009     School Garden Q&As
SP-08-2009     Prockurement Questions

Additional Resources

Upcoming Webinars -

Registration Details: http://www.fns.usda.gov/farmtoschool/videos-and-webinars

Webinar Series Schedule:
1. Intro to Farm to School: Planning and Building a Team: January 14, 1:00 PM EST
2. Setting goals and Establishing an Evaluation Baseline: January 28, 2:00 PM EST
3. Finding and Buying Local Foods: February 4, 2:00 PM EST
4. Farm to School Menu Planning: February 18, 2:00 PM EST
5. Food Safety: March 3, 2:00 PM EST
6. Promoting Your Farm to School Program: March 17, 2:00 PM EST
7. School Gardening: March 31, 2:00 PM EST
8. Curriculum Integration: April 7, 2:00 PM EST
9. Program Sustainability: April 28, 2:00 PM EST
10. Evaluating Your Program: May 12, 2:00 PM EST
11. Tying it All Together and Digging In: May 26, 2:00 PM EST