Colorado Farm to School Primer
Wondering what “farm to school” is and how you can get involved? The Colorado Farm to School Primer, a publication from LiveWell Colorado provides a comprehensive introduction to Farm to School in Colorado including:
- What is Farm to School all about?
- How does school food work now in Colorado?
- What is happening in Farm to School in Colorado schools now?
- How can gardens and educational activities support better local food in schools?
- What is the potential of Farm to School for our children, farmers and ranchers, and communities?
- How can you help?
If you missed the FTS Primer webinar, you can listen to it online at Colorado Farm to School Primer Webinar.
Farm to School Geographic Preference Guidance
As a producer, you may be wondering if you have to compete against major food distributors. Under the new USDA geographic preference rules, local producers are now on a more equal footing. 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:
Invitation to Bid
School districts around the state of Colorado hold an annual “Pre-Bid Farm to School Conference” to bring producers and school food services together to learn what each other needs in order to successfully enter into the farm to school marketplace. Check out the “Invitation to Bid” from Durango School District’s conference to learn how to submit a bid to supply the school with your products.
This webinar provides an introductory look at farm to school. Three speakers discuss the three core elements of farm to school: procurement, education and school gardens. A 20-minute presentation is followed by a Q&A session.
This two page fact sheet provides tips on four ways to sell to schools and includes links to resources to get started.
This spreadsheet will help you determine the costs of selling to different markets and the prices you need to receive to hit your profit goals. Created by Colorado State University Extension.
This manual provides information and useful tools for farmers and food service directors interested in Farm to School program participation. Especially innovative are two templates: FTS Distribution Cost Template and a Produce Calculator.