Resource | Newsletters
e-Letter Archive

The Dirt, USDA’s Office of Community Food Systems monthly e-Letter is chock full of updates, webinar info, relevant news, and field notes. Check out the archives, below, to explore grantee success stories, resource highlights, and Census facts.

Resource | Webinars/Videos
Seeding Success 2021 - Webinar 3 - Harvesting and Sharing

This webinar highlights different types of challenges that Farm to School grantees have faced when switching to virtual learning environments, platforms and meetings.

Resource | Research | Assessing/Improving Operations
Farm to School Census and Comprehensive Review

The Farm to School Census and Comprehensive Review includes the 2019 Farm to School Census; a descriptive review of the USDA Farm to School Grant Program; a review of published research on farm to school since 2010; and a set of interviews with school food distributors. These reports will be released over the course of 2021.

Resource | Fact Sheets
10 Facts About Local Food in Schools

Increasing access to local foods in schools is a top priority for the Office of Community Food Systems. This fact sheet, available in both English and Spanish, reviews the top 10 facts about local food in schools.

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Resource | Fact Sheets
Local Procurement Decision Tree

This fact sheet features the various paths a school can take to bring local foods into the cafeteria with your next food purchase. While federal rules prohibit schools from using "local" as a required product specification in their formal solicitations, there are many other ways to focus purchases on local food products.

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Resource | Fact Sheets
Integrating Local Foods into Child Nutrition Programs

This fact sheet, available in both English and Spanish, reviews the steps to successfully integrate local food in child nutrition programs.

Resource | Webinars/Videos
Seeding Success: Buying and Serving Local Food

Part Three of the Seeding Success Webinar Series: Finding, Buying Selling, and Serving Local Food.

 

Resource | Grants
FY 2019 Grantee Reporting Timeline

This document lists key reporting milestones and due-dates for Fiscal Year 2019 Farm to School grantees. Please send relevant questions to the Farm to School inbox at farmtoschool@usda.gov.

Resource | Technical Assistance & Guidance
Farm to School Resources

Plan your Farm to School program using the new Farm to Child Nutrition Programs Planning Guide. This guide uses the same concepts below to create a robust farm to school program for the National School Lunch Program, School Breakfast Program, Summer Food Service Program and Seamless Summer Option, and Child and Adult Care Food Program.

Resource | Comment Request
Comment Request - SFMNP Information Collection

This information collection is requesting a revision to the previously approved burden hours due to program adjustments that primarily reflect expected changes in the number of SFMNP state agencies, individual/households (program recipients), and the number of farmers, farmers' markets, roadside stands, and CSA programs, from year to year.