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Farm to School and Farm to Summer

 

Farm to School is a program focused on connecting communities to healthy, fresh and local food by influencing change within who and how food is purchased, nutrition and agricultural education and supporting schools in establishing school gardens and agricultural programs.  

Farm to School - playing in the dirt


Farm to School Highlights

Congratulations Delta County School District! USDA Supports Local Foods in Schools through Farm to School Grants

Delta County School District Earns $27,900 Planning Grant

DENVER, July 2, 2018 – With plans to share information about locally raised foods to students and support local agricultural growers, the Delta County School District 50J in Delta, Colorado, is the recipient of a $27,900 planning grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA).  USDA Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) recently announced $5.2 million in grant awards to bring nutritious, local foods into schools and create new economic opportunities for farmers. The grants, part of the USDA Farm to School Program, will impact over 6,000 schools and 2.8 million students nationwide.

For a complete list of 2018 recipients, please see the FY 2018 Farm to School List of Awardees

Greeley-Evans School District 6 celebrates Bella Romero Academy's new "Growing Grounds" project. 


About Farm to School

  • Farm to School embodies three core elements:
    • Procurement: Purchasing local foods.
    • Education: Education related to agriculture, food, health and nutrition..
    • School Gardens: Support and sustain school gardens to provide hand-on educational experiences and connecting students with their food.
  • The Benefits of Farm to School 
    • Farm to School provides a Win-Win approach, harvesting a life-long impact on kids, farmers and communities.
  • Tell Us Your Story 
    • Your voice, your story and your passion are powerful.  Impact and influence Farm to School and Farm to Summer in Colorado by sharing your story.

Colorado Farm to School Task Force

In 2010, the Colorado General Assembly created the Colorado Interagency Farm-to-School Coordination Task Force (HB10-81), most commonly referred to as the Colorado Farm to School Task Force.

The main objectives of the Colorado Farm to School Task Force are:

  • Increasing awareness of farm to school opportunities and partnerships.
  • Disseminating farm to school resources, materials and toolkits.
  • Assessing policy and regulatory opportunities and barriers.
  • Identifying and supporting opportunities to further farm to school efforts.

Farm To School and Farm to Summer Resources

Find Local Products

Procurement

School Gardens

Education & Curriculum

Fact Sheets 

Safety

Toolkits and Manuals

Training


 

For more information, contact Sara Rose Foreman or McKenna Pullen


 

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