Farm to School

Farm to School National Network

Farm to School connects schools (K-12) and local farms with the objectives of serving healthy meals in school cafeterias, improving student nutrition, providing agriculture, health and nutrition education opportunities, and supporting local and regional farmers.

10 Facts About Local Food In School Cafeterias

Buying local for your district can be easier than meets the eye. Get started by checking out these 10 facts compiled by the USDA about local food In school cafeterias.

Farm to Institution: A Summary of Research on Local Food Purchasing by Institutions

Since 2004, the Michigan State University Center for Regional Food Systems has conducted six surveys to understand the landscape of Farm to Institution efforts in Michigan. A new synthesis brings together this research to summarize what is currently understood about local food purchasing by institutions and about the producers who sell to them, what is still unknown and what next steps are being taken in the research.

See the synthesis and find individual survey summaries at http://foodsystems.msu.edu/activities/farm-to-school

Frozen Local: Strategies for Freezing Locally Grown Produce for the K-12 Marketplace

Many schools are now looking for ways to extend their Farm to School programs beyond the season for locally grown fresh produce. One avenue for engaging in Farm to School year round is preserving the local bounty through innovative strategies for freezing fruits and vegetables grown nearby.

Creating Change in the Food System: The role of regional food networks in Iowa

"This report, authored by Rich Pirog of MSU CRFS and Corry Bregendahl of the Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture at Iowa State University, details the growth and achievements of the Regional Food Systems Working Group in Iowa over the past eight years."

Prevalence of F2S Programs in States with F2S Policy

"Are Farm-to-School Programs More Common in States With Farm-to-School-Related Laws?"
From the Journal of School Health

CO Grant Checklist and Scoring Calculator

"The Colorado Farm to School Task Force created this spreadsheet tool to help guide applicants through the USDA Farm to School grant application process. This spreadsheet has eight tabs. A short description of each tab follows the general instructions. Please note: THIS TOOL IS NOT A SUBSTITUTE FOR THE GRANT RFA. Rather, it is merely a way to help you organize your tasks, assess your competitiveness, and guide you to maximize your success. You must also read the USDA Request for Applications for this grant opportunity."

House Bill 2800

"Relating to Oregon Farm-to-School and School Garden Program; creating new provisions; amending ORS 336.426; appropriating money; and declaring an emergency."

Health Impact Assessment HB 2800: OREGON FARM TO SCHOOL AND SCHOOL GARDEN POLICY

"A Health Impact Assessment detailing the potential impacts of Oregon’s 2011 Farm to School and School Garden legislation"
May 2011

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