Celebrating Farm to School
(September 29, 2011)
Please join the USDA, National Farm to School Network and FoodCorps in celebrating Farm to School! October 2011 marks the first National Farm to School Month and National School Lunch Week (Oct. 10-14)is also focused on Farm to School, with the theme “School Lunch – Let’s Grow Healthy.” USDA will provide information on Farm to School accomplishments and upcoming plans; the National Farm to School Network will highlight future direction and introduce resources and activities to celebrate National Farm to School Month; and FoodCorps will provide an update on the first field volunteers building Farm to School and school garden programs.
Digging Through the Farm to School Resources
(October 7, 2010)
The USDA Farm to School Team and the National Farm to School Network jointly discussed where to find farm to school related resources, as well as highlighted a sampling of available resources in the areas of: how to get started; distribution; food safety; procurement; and nutrition/agriculture education. We would like to thank the webinar participants for their thoughtful questions and comments. Below you can find links to watch and listen to the webinar, to a webinar handout, as well as follow-up questions and answer from the webinar.
USDA Farm to School: Opportunities to Increase Local Foods in School Meal
(March 20, 2010)
This Webinar provides information on the Team's 2010 mission and goals, available resources, and grant opportunities. Links to these resources, in addition to follow-up Q&As, are listed below.
For questions asked during these webinars, please visit our Frequently Asked Questions section.
During the months of May, June, and September of 2010, the USDA Farm to School Team visited 15 school districts in nine areas around the country, which represented various demographics and implementation stages of a school’s Farm to School efforts. During the visits, the Team met with school district administrators, local farmers, distributors, local and state authorities, students, teachers, parents, and community partners to analyze and assess variables that support or deter Farm to School activities, both from the school and farmer perspectives, and the effects the activities have had on the school and the community. The information gathered during these site visits is being used to develop and/or reissue appropriate resource materials, guidance, and technical assistance for both schools and farmers. To view a short description of each site visit, choose from the list of links below.
- Independence Community School District, Independence, IA
- Burlington School District, Burlington, VT
- Bethel School District, Eugene, OR
- Eugene School District 4J, Eugene, OR
- Jefferson County Public Schools, Louisville, KY
- Montgomery County Public Schools, Mount Sterling, KY
- Harrisonburg City Schools, Harrisonburg, VA
- Boston Public Schools, Boston, MA
- Jamestown School District, Jamestown, RI
- Ventura Unified School District, Ventura, CA
- Riverside Unified School District, Riverside, CA
- Union Public Schools, Tulsa, OK
- Morrison Public Schools, Morrison, OK
- Chilton Public Schools, Chilton, WI
- Hilbert School District, Hilbert, WI
To receive the latest information on USDA’s Farm to School activities, sign up for Email Updates and choose “Farm to School” under the main categories of “Current Initiatives” and “School Meals”. If you have a question for the team, please send us an email: firstname.lastname@example.org.