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Resource | Technical Assistance & Guidance

Farm to Child Nutrition Programs Planning Guide

The Farm to Child Nutrition Planning Guide directs you through questions to consider when starting or growing a farm to school, farm to child care, or farm to summer program. This planning guide should be used as a supplemental tool to the Farm to School Planning Toolkit. 

 

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Seeding Success - Farm to School Grantee Webinar Series

Seeding Success is a series of webinars produced by the USDA Farm to School Program that provide technical assistance that supports Farm to School grantees. 

Resource | Webinars/Videos

Seeding Success- Farm to School Grant Requirements

This pre-recorded webinar features USDA Farm to School Program staff, who summarize grantee reporting requirements and review the processes for submitting no-cost extensions, as well as project and budget amendments.

Resource | Fact Sheets

School Gardens: Using Gardens to Grow Healthy Habits in Cafeterias, Classrooms and Communities

This fact sheet reviews school farms spanning acres in Minnesota, indoor tower gardens in Vermont, raised beds in New York City, aquaponic systems in the Virgin Islands, and native food gardens in tribal communities.

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Team Nutrition Garden Resources

Team Nutrition has several resources to connect nutrition education to school and child care gardens, local farms, and farmers markets.

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. 

Resource | Webinars/Videos

Seeding Success: Let's Get Growing - School Gardens and Farms

Part Five of the Seeding Success Series features USDA OCFS Western Regional Lead, Julianna Arnett, and covers some promising ideas of incorporating school gardens and local food producers (farmers, ranchers, and fishers) in your farm to school framework.

Resource | Webinars/Videos

Seeding Success Webinar 1

In this introductory webinar, Office of Community Food Systems staff summarize grantee reporting requirements and review the processes for submitting No Cost Extensions and budget amendments. This webinar also features a message from Julie Brewer, Director of the Office of Community Food Systems.

 

Resource | Fact Sheets

Get the Facts About Food Safety

A fact sheet addressing common food safety issues raised when working with school gardens or other locally sourced food.

Resource | Nutrition Education

The Great Garden Detective Adventure: A Standards-Based Gardening Nutrition Curriculum for Grades 3 and 4

This eleven-lesson curriculum for 3rd and 4th grades includes bulletin board materials, veggie dice, fruit and vegetable flash cards, and ten issues of Garden Detective News for parents/caregivers.