Paradise Food Project’s Farm to School program builds connections between area farms and school lunch staff to get as much as possible seasonal, fresh, and local produce, meat, and dairy into Gunnison and Delta Community Schools’ meals. When foods are sourced and used locally, health improves, students are more engaged, energy is conserved, and dollars are circulated back into the local economy. We envision a school lunch based on values that support a sustainable food system.
Colorado Farm to School Recipe Collection
Check out these 50 yummy recipes created by Colorado school districts using Colorado grown produce!The Colorado FTS Cookbook - Schools
The USDA Food and Nutrition Service competition has produced 30 delicious, kid-approved recipes that have been standardized and complied into cookbooks for use in homes, childcare centers, and schools. Colorado’s Greeley-Evans school district has two recipes in the collection, one of which was the 1st place winner. Check out Greeley’s Chic’ Penne (1st place) and Bok Choy Wrappers (sounds like a new rap group!) and the other 28 yummy, healthy recipes HERE.
A LiveWell Colorado competition, check out the winning recipes crafted by high school students in Colorado.
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:
The Colorado Farm to School webinar series includes presentations especially for food service directors. Check out these webinars:
Choose Your Own Farm to School Adventure: A Tool to Help Schools Review their Interest and Readiness
This interactive pdf form 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.
The DPS Garden to Cafeteria Program began at the start of the 2010-11 school year. These food safety protocols provide direction to ensure students and teachers harvest and handle vegetables in compliance with federal and state guidelines.
Developed at Colorado State University in 2001, the regularly updated program successfully trains individuals on basic food safety and sanitation priniciples.
The week-long boot camps train school food service staff everything they need to know to cook from scratch. If you are a food service director and are looking to sharpen your staff’s skills, this is the place to go.