Farm To School

Videos and Webinars

Last Published: 08/03/2015

Featured Videos and Webinars

Growing Roots in Farm to School 2015 Webinar Series

This 11-part webinar series will help you build your farm to school skills and develop new strategies for bringing local foods into the lunchroom.

  1. Farm to School Planning and Building a Team: Video and Presentation (pdf)
  2. Setting Goals and Establishing an Evaluation Baseline: Video and Presentation (pdf)
  3. Finding and Buying Local Foods: Video and Presentation (pdf)
  4. Farm to School Menu Planning: Video and Presentation (pdf)
  5. Food Safety: Video and Presentation (pdf)
  6. Promoting Your Farm to School Program: Video and Presentation (pdf)
  7. School Gardening: Video and Presentation (pdf)
  8. Curriculum Integration: Video and Presentation (pdf)
  9. Program Sustainability: Video and Presentation (pdf)
  10. Evaluating Your Program: Video and Presentation (pdf)
  11. Tying it All Together and Digging In: Video and Presentation (pdf)

Healthy Habits Take Root Video Series

In celebration of National Farm to School Month, we bring you a five-part video series featuring testimonials from more than 30 USDA Farm to School grantees. From Maine to Alaska, USDA supports farm to school programs all across the country. School districts - large, small, urban and rural - are serving local products and teaching students where their food comes from. The videos highlight the many ways grantees are bringing the farm to school.

Engaging the Community in Farm to School Efforts   Engaging the Community in Farm to School Efforts
  Getting Kids Excited about Healthful, Local Foods
Getting Kids Excited about Healthful, Local Foods
Going Local
Going Local
  Getting Started with Farm to School
Getting Started with Farm to School
Farm to School Impacts
Farm to School Impacts
  Teaser - Farm to School: Kids Love It!
Teaser - Farm to School: Kids Love It!

General

2015 USDA Farm to School Census

March 3, 2015: USDA Farm to School staff hosted a webinar for State agencies and other farm to school partners to provide an overview about the 2015 USDA Farm to School Census, including information about the Census questionnaire, survey invitation process, and timeline for data collection and analysis. A recording of the webinar is not yet available. You can also access a PDF of the slides here.

What’s in Store for the USDA Farm to School Program in 2015?

January 20, 2015: Deborah Kane, National Director of the Farm to School Program, breaks down the successes of 2014 and outlines plans for 2015. Topics include the next Farm to School Census and new resources the USDA Farm to School Program will be developing. This is first of what we expect to be a regular opportunity to learn more about the USDA Farm to School Program’s activities. Watch the recording here.

Farm to School and the New Meal Pattern Webinar

November 29, 2012: In this webinar, USDA Farm to School personnel, FNS Child Nutrition Program staff, a food service director from Valley City Public Schools, North Dakota, and a farm to school coordinator from Denver Public Schools address the new meal pattern in general and inclusion of local and regional products in specific. Watch the recording here.

USDA Farm to School Grant Program

Fiscal Year 2016 Farm to School Request for Applications

March 2015: Review of Fiscal Year 2016 Grant Application Process

USDA hosted this webinar to assist eligible entities in preparing proposals for the USDA Farm to School Grant Program. Watch the video here and access the presentation here (pdf).

Trends in Successful USDA Farm to School Grant Applications

December 11, 2012: During the first round of the USDA Farm to School Grant Program, hundreds of applicants across the country competed for a limited amount of funding. To aid applicants in increasing the competitiveness of future submissions, USDA Farm to School personnel summarize trends observed in successful FY 2013 USDA Farm to School Grant applications. Watch the recording here.

Procurement

Finding, Buying and Serving Local Foods Webinar Series

In 2014, the USDA Farm to School Program hosted webinars to showcase the variety of ways school districts can purchase local foods. The series starts with an introduction to basic procurement principles, and then walks participants through strategies and tactics for buying local foods. The entire series can be viewed online:

1. Introduction to Procurement: Download a PDF of the slides here and a handout with general procurement resources here.

2. Conducting a Local Procurement Baseline Assessment: Download a PDF of the slides here and a handout with helpful resources here.

3. Finding Local Producers: Download a PDF of the slides here and a handout with helpful resources here.

4. Using the Informal Procurement Method: Download a PDF of the slides here and a handout with helpful resources here.

5. Using the Specifications, Requirements and Evaluation Criteria to Target Local Products: Download a PDF of the slides here and a handout with helpful resources here.

6. Working with Distributors: Download a PDF of the slides here  and a handout with helpful resources here.

7. Using a Forward Contract: Download a PDF of the slides here and a handout with helpful resources here.

8. Introduction to Geographic Preference: Download a PDF of the slides here and a handout with helpful resources here.

9. Using Geographic Preference: Download a PDF of the slides here and a handout with helpful resources here.

10. Using USDA Foods as Resource to Purchase Local: Download a PDF of the slides here and a handout with helpful resources here.

11. Using DoD Fresh to Purchase Local: Download a PDF of the slides here and a handout with helpful resources here.

12. Tying It All Together and Digging In: Download a PDF of the slides here and a handout with helpful resources here.

Farm to School + Extension

Webinar Series: September 2013-March 2014

1: Emily Jackson of Appalachian Sustainable Agriculture Project shared outcomes from a tri-state project that examined the roles of Cooperative Extension in farm to school. She was joined by Teresa Wiemerslage from Iowa State University Extension and Outreach who shared how she is supporting local food procurement, school wellness, and youth engagement in Northeast Iowa. Watch the recording here.

2: Julia Govis from University of Illinois Extension shared information about how she is leading farm to school in Illinois through the development of educational resources and curriculum to support Extension work in its diverse program areas. Morgan Taggart from Ohio State University Extension described how OSU Extension has prioritized involvement in farm to school and how other Extension professionals in urban and suburban areas can be involved with farm to school related activities. Morgan also shared how she is involved with farm to school across the Cleveland area through school gardens, local food procurement, and local food and agriculture curriculum development/instruction. Watch the recording here.

3: Debra Eschmeyer, FoodCorps Co-Founder and Rachel Spencer, Arkansas FoodCorps Fellow described FoodCorps’ model of teaching kids about what healthy food is and where it comes from, building and tending school gardens, and bringing high-quality local food into public school cafeterias. Deb and Rachel showcased how FoodCorps is successfully partnering with Cooperative Extension at the state level in five regions. Additionally, Susan DeBlieck, Extension Educator in Community Food Systems with University of Minnesota Extension, described how University of Minnesota Extension has strategically supported farm to school throughout Minnesota by collaborating with partners to provide training and develop materials. Susan also highlighted Extension staff roles that promote farm to cafeteria work and resources including their online farm to school toolkit. Watch the recording here.

4: Jason Fischbach from the University of Wisconsin Extension and Seth Urbanowitz from the University of Nevada Cooperative Extension shared their experiences supporting two USDA Farm to School Grant Program projects through local and regional food procurement and school garden based experiential education. You can access a PDF copy of the slides here. Watch the recording here.

Questions? Email us at farmtoschool@fns.usda.gov.