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Resource | Technical Assistance & Guidance

Farm to School Resources

Find resources to implement, sustain and maintain your farm to school program. 

Resource | Technical Assistance & Guidance

Procuring Local Foods

The resources on this page will help ensure child nutrition program operators have the resources and knowledge necessary to incorporate local foods into their day-to-day operations. 

Resource | Fact Sheets

Farm to School Fact Sheets

Factsheets are available under the following topics: Farm to School Grant Program, Farm to School Program Resources, Local Food Resources, School Gardens, Farm to School in Tribal Communities, Food Safety, Producers, Farm to Preschool. Farm to Summer, State Agencies and Cooperative Extensions, En Español.

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Menu Planner

The Menu Planner for School Meals: School Year 2018-2019 is a comprehensive guide for local school nutrition professionals to assist them with developing healthy, safe, affordable, and appealing school meals and snacks that meet the meal pattern requirements.

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Resource | Fact Sheets

The USDA Farm to School Grant Program

The USDA awards grants annually to help connect students to the sources of their food through education, taste tests, school gardens, field trips, and local food sourcing for school meals. This fact sheet gives an overview of the Farm to School Grant Program and highlights Farm to School grantee projects.

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Resource | Webinars/Videos

Seeding Success 2021 - Webinar 4: Compost and Till

Part four of the 2021 four part webinar series for farm to school program operators.

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 | Webinars/Videos

Seeding Success 2021 - Webinar 2 - Weeding and Seeding

Resource | Webinars/Videos

Seeding Success 2021 Webinar 1 - "Plotting and Planning"

Kicking off the 2021 Seeding Success Series, this webinar features the Office of Community Food Systems staff summarizing grantee requirements and reviewing the processes for submitting no-cost extensions, as well as project and budget amendments. Then, Carolyn Federman, Executive Director of Charlie Cart Project, a FY2019 Farm to School Implementation Grantee, shares their experience with the grant modification process.

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. 

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