The Colorado Farm to School Task Force in partnership with other key stakeholders identified food safety as one of the major challenges facing the implementation of statewide farm to school programming. To help address these barriers, the Task Force with Spark Policy Institute and the Colorado Foundation for Public Health and the Environment has produced a comprehensive review and analysis of the statutory and regulatory structure of agricultural policies as they relate to farm to school, with a specific focus on the interconnectedness of federal mandates on state regulatory structures and local county health regulations related to food safety.
- A comprehensive analysis of food safety in farm to school programming as it moves through the food chain. The report Farm to School Food Safety: A Review of Agricultural Policies & Practices is for policy makers, state agencies, school food service directors, and universities involved in agricultural food safety as it relates to farm to school programs.
- A quick reference guide on Colorado government’s roles in food safety, Whose Role is It? Colorado State and Local Agency Roles in Farm to School Food Safety.
- Two briefs called Just the Facts Please. The nitty-gritty briefs provide targeted guidance for producers and schools.
- Just the Facts Please: Ensuring Safe Food in Colorado Farm to School Programs interactive presentations of the agricultural policies affecting food safety related to school food procurement from the federal to state to county level. The Prezi presentations are customized for each audience and include hyperlinks to relevant laws, reports, trainings, templates, and examples.
This project is part of a series funded by the Healthy Farms, Healthy People Coalition through a CDC cooperative agreement administered by the National Network of Public Health Institutes. ChangeLab Solutions provided technical assistance for the series. The views and opinions of these authors and organizations are not necessarily those of CDC or the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).
Farm to School Food Safety Webinar Series
Healthy Farms, Healthy People Coalition (October 2013)
Check out this NEW informative series about food safety issues specific to farm to school.
1. Farm to School Food Safety Project
This webinar provides an in-depth look at a comprehensive review and analysis of the statutory and regulatory structure of agricultural policies as they relate to farm to school in Colorado, with a specific focus on the interconnectedness of federal mandates on state regulatory structures and local county health regulations related to food safety.
In this webinar you will learn about four specific resources from the project – each targeted for specific audiences: policymakers/regulators, public health, school food service directors, and producers. In addition, the speakers will discuss how Colorado’s resources can be used as a template for other states to undertake their own comprehensive analysis and why they should do it.
2. Food Safety Modernization Act, the Produce Rule, and Farm to School
This webinar provides an overview of the Food Safety Modernization Act and explores how the proposed produce rules could facilitate or hinder farm to school efforts. While much has been said about the proposed rule’s impact on specific types of producers, this webinar uniquely considers the farm to school implications from the producer and the food service director’s perspectives. Panelists include national agricultural food safety specialists, a legal analyst, and farm to school research staff.
3. Farm to School and the Cost of Food Safety
This webinar presents findings from a study by the Oregon Public Health Institute that investigated the cost of food safety measures among a sample of small and medium sized Oregon growers participating in the United States Department of Agriculture’s Good Agricultural Practices & Good Handling Practices Audit Verification Program (USDA GAP&GHP). Hear from public health officials, producers, and school food service directors as they discuss the barriers and how to overcome them.
4. Food Safety, Urban Farming, and Farm to School
In this webinar learn how one of the largest school districts in the country is creating a farm to school program using acres of their own land. Denver Public Schools identified 25 acres that can be farmed. This year, three acres are under production, providing affordable organically-grown and oh-so-local vegetables to its schools.
There are many issues a school district must address when growing their own food. First and foremost is food safety. This webinar will introduce you to the innovate school farming project AND discuss the food safety issues associated with urban farming, whether existing regulations adequately address the issues, and how Denver Public Schools partners with Extension to ensure food safety in the farming, harvesting, and transport processes while not overburdening the farmers of these small urban plots.