Below are a few USDA resources on procurement and the geographic preference option. For more resources on procurement related to Farm to School, visit USDA’s Farm to School policy webpage.
- Local Foods Procurement Worksheet
This worksheet, from Massachusetts Department of Agriculture, gives tips for school districts procuring local agriculture and should be used in the forecasting period of the procurement process (i.e., before a solicitation is created) to gather and provide information from/to farmers or distributors.
- USDA Quality Standards
USDA quality standards are based on measurable attributes that describe the value and utility of the product. Standards for each product describe the entire range of quality for a product, and the number of grades varies by commodity.