There are several ways to get your farm to school efforts underway. One very good place to start is with the self-assessment tool: 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.
– A tip sheet for how to find a local producer.
Farm to School: Procuring Local Foods. From the USDA Food and Nutrition Services are a variety of resources to support local procurement from the guide Procuring Local Foods for Child Nutrition Programs to its PowerPoint slides to a webinar series Finding, Buying and Serving Local Foods.
– The Department of Defense Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program (DoD Fresh) allows schools to use their USDA Foods entitlement dollars to buy fresh produce. DoD vendors are encouraged to purchase local products, and about 15 to 20 percent of the produce DoD provides to schools is currently considered local. Read this guide to learn how to identify and request local products.
– This is an informative guidebook that introduces you and your community to the world of farm to school programs, with steps, resources, case studies, and a reading list to help you transform your school cafeteria. (Farm Aid)
– This resource offers basic information about farm to school programs including the basics, state case studies, resources, and important policies. (Anupama Joshi and Steph Larsen)
– It is hard to be an effective advocate for school food reform if you don’t know the systems and players involved. This webinar will cover the basics of where school cafeterias get their funds and their food and some of the regulations they have to follow. Presented in partnership with School Food FOCUS.
The Lunch Box and it’s recent it mprovements so that attendees will have an insider’s scoop on how to make the most of this free and valuable resource. Whether you are a parent, caregiver, school employee or an advocate for improving school food this webinar will speak to you and help support your farm to school efforts.– Chef Ann Cooper will introduce her Foundation’s website
– Getting a program off the ground is just the first hurdle. How can we build programs that are sustainable beyond their initial funding and aren’t tied to the success of one or two passionate leaders?