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Farm to School Census

The USDA Farm to School Program is conducting a second Farm to School Census by asking all school districts participating in the National School Lunch Program complete the questionnaire. USDA expects to share early results from this Census in October. In the meantime, check out the 2013 Farm to School Census results.

USDA Farm to School Video photograph

This five-part video series shows how districts across the country are bringing the farm to school.

Our new Farm to School Planning Toolkit helps school districts dig in with helpful questions to consider and resources to reference when starting a farm to school program.

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Last Published: 05/26/2015

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Second Farm to School Census

Back in 2013 we learned that more than 40,000 schools, serving 23.5 million students, were bringing the farm to school. A lot can change in two years and we’re excited to receive updated information through the 2015 USDA Farm to School Census. School district submissions must be received by May 29, 2015. Questions about the Census? Please contact Matthew Benson at matthew.benson@fns.usda.gov.

FY16 USDA Farm to School Grants

The application deadline for FY 2016 grant applications was May 20, 2015. For more information, please visit the Farm to School Grant Program. We also share grant program information through our Farm to School E-letter; sign up here to stay up-to-date on the Farm to School Grant Program!

New Resources

Farm to Summer Fact Sheet

Learn why summer meal programs are ripe for the incorporation of local foods and agriculture-based learning in our new Farm to Summer fact sheet.

Growing Roots in Farm to School Webinar Series

Recordings of all 11 webinars in our Growing Roots series are now available online. Click here to watch, and build your farm to school skills, topic by topic!

We’re Here to Help!

The USDA Farm to School Program is operated by the Department’s Food and Nutrition Service (FNS), which has seven regional offices around the country; in each is a Farm to School Regional Lead who is available to provide farm to school related support to state agencies and other entities in their region. A list of regions, along with the names and contact information for regional and national USDA Farm to School Program staff, can be found here. To receive information and updates about USDA’s Farm to School Program, please sign up for our Farm to School E-letter.

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