Choose Your Own Farm to School Adventure: A Tool to Help Schools Review their Interest and Readiness
will help your school gather information relevant to implementing a Farm to School program. Each section includes hyper-links to resources to help in the planning and implementation of FTS. For instructions on how to use the form, watch our Choose Your Own FTS Adventure webinar and download the presentation here.
Farm to School Geographic Preference Guidance
Are you a school food service director and wondering how the new USDA geographic preference rules can help your farm to school procurement? The Farm to School Task Force and the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment have released a user-friendly “Frequently Asked Questions” to guide you:
Finding & Knowing Local Farmers
Webinar #6: The Farm-to-School Bid Process: Examples of Successful RFPs and Proposals
It's that time of year again! Both school districts and producers are gearing up to develop and respond to RFPs for next year's contracts. This is the time to apply USDA's "Geographic Preference" rule on paper and establish relationships for the next year and years to come.
You will hear from large and small districts as they walk through their specific bid processes for local produce and beef. One district will share hot-off-the-presses fresh produce bid template approved by the Colorado Department of Education and USDA.
You will also hear from Colorado state agencies as they explain some basic Frequently Asked Questions about applying the Geographic Preference rule as a producer and as a school district.
Please join us for this information sharing and conversation on how producers and districts can apply the Geographic Preference and develop proposals that work well for everyone.