In addition to describing the movement to include local and regional foods in school meal programs, cultivate school gardens, and provide students with agricultural and food related experiential learning opportunities, this webinar makes the case as to why farm to school programs are an emerging best practice for healthy school meal programs. As part of the presentation, the presenter summarizes how the USDA and other diverse partners including schools, state and local government agencies, Cooperative Extension Systems, and non-profit organizations are working to scale up farm to school efforts through training and technical assistance, grants, research and evaluation, and state and national policy initiatives. Key resources for helping you engage in farm to school through your work and programming efforts are also provided.
Matthew Benson, PhD provides an overview of the USDA Farm to School Program, summarizes key impacts of farm to school, and shares best practices for developing/enhancing your work in farm to school.
Presentation Slides (PDF)
USDA Farm to School Program homepage
Guide: Procuring Local Foods for Child Nutrition Programs (PDF)
Using DOD Fresh to Purchase Local Produce (PDF)
USDA Foods: A Resource for Buying Local (PDF)
Geographic Preference: What It Is and How to Use It (PDF)