Farm to School
Farm to School Stakeholder Summit Report
This report provides a summary of findings from the Farm to School Stakeholder
Summit held in Columbia, MO in December 2009. During the summit, participants
discussed a range of topics including the potential benefits of Farm
to School and the challenges of starting and sustaining Farm to School
programs. Participants finished the day by discussing what they learned
at the summit, what they plan to do with the information, and additional
information and assistance needed to implement Farm to School programs
in their communities.
Farm to School Network
The National Farm to School Network supports the work of local Farm
to School programs all over the country by providing free training and
technical assistance, information services, networking and support for
policy, media and marketing activities. Resources and information available
through this site can help you get started and keep programs growing!
Going Local: Paths to Success for Farm to School Programs
This PDF profiles eight programs that have had great success in establishing
farm to school programs. It is made available through the National Farm
to School Network.
Fruit: Farm to School Program Evaluation Resources and Recommendations
This resource is also made available through the National Farm to School
Network. The aim of this comprehensive summary of key evaluation results
from farm to school projects is to facilitate the refinement of farm
to school programs and their assessments to maximize positive impacts
on student diets, farm viability, school meal and snack offerings and
Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food (USDA)
Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food is a USDA-wide effort to carry out
President Obama’s commitment to strengthening local and regional food
systems. The program aims to strengthen the connection between farmers
and consumers and support local and regional food systems. Through this
site you can find opportunities for grants and funding, the most recent
information, and additional tools and resources.
Local Food to Local Institutions
This publication provides farmers, school administrators and institutional
food-service planners with contact information and descriptions of existing
programs that have made the connections between local farmers and local
school lunchrooms, college dining halls or cafeterias in other institutions.
To help communities initiate similar programs, this publication includes
helpful resource lists.
Eat Smart — Farm Fresh! A Guide to Buying and Serving Locally-Grown
Produce in School Meals
This handbook is written for school food service personnel by the USDA.
This guide is great for those considering a farm to school program and
those looking for resource information to assist in a current program.
- School Nutrition Association
The School Nutrition Association provides a page on Farm Fresh School
Lunch and its importance.
Nourishing the Nation One Tray at a Time
This PDF is by the National Farm to School Network and provides an in
depth look at the purpose and origins of the Farm to School Network
and the benefits it offers in addition to potential policy changes.
Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE)
Local Purchasing Guidance
This document provides information on the guidelines and policies in
place in Missouri for school districts to purchase local food.
USDA Memo – Applying Geographic Preferences in Procurements for
the Child Nutrition Program (Updates)
This memorandum updates and revises Memoranda SP 30-2008 Applying
Geographic Preferences in Procurement for the Child Nutrition Programs,
SP 08-2009 Procurement Questions, and SP 28-2009 Procurement
Questions, regarding school food authorities (SFAs) and other institutions’
application of a geographic preference in procurements for the Child
What producers should know about selling to local foodservice
markets (ISU Extension)
This brochure is a great resource for educating producers to work with
local foodservice markets such as schools.
What retail foodservices should know when purchasing local produce
directly from farmers (ISU Extension)
This brochure provides information to retailers and others, such as
school districts, looking to purchase more local foods.
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