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Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Farm to School for Producers: Business Management

By working with Minnesota school districts, farmers have the opportunity to help improve the health and education of Minnesota school children.

Farm to School for Producers: Getting Started

By working with Minnesota school districts, farmers have the opportunity to help improve the health and education of Minnesota school children.

Planting a Farm to School Program, Tips for FarmersCommunity Alliance with Family Farmers — This 2-page fact sheet provides brief, helpful advice for farmers.

Marketing Michigan Products: A Step-By-Step GuideC.S. Mott Group for Sustainable Food & Systems, Michigan State University — This guide includes a detailed farmer assessment, sample invoices, and bid documents, tips for marketing and budgeting, and more. It was developed with input from farmers like you, and its practical tools are designed to address lessons learned through real farm to school experiences.

Healthy Hunger Free Kids Act: What Farmers Should Know [no longer available] — The change in nutrition standards for school food provides an increase in the amount of produce served to students, and diversifies the array of products. Review this fact sheet to learn about what fruits and vegetables schools are looking to source.

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Farm to School: Farm Field Trips

Interested in organizing a farm field trip? This list will help you get started.

School to Farm Tours — Sustainable Farming Association of Minnesota

Making the Farm Connection: A Guide to Field Trips for FarmersCommunity Alliance with Family Farmers

Farm Field Trips as a Source of Farm IncomeAppalachian Sustainable Agriculture Project

Guide to Farm Field Trips for Farmers and TeachersAppalachian Sustainable Agriculture Project

The Hayride: A Resource for Educational Farm Field TripsAppalachian Sustainable Agriculture ProjectGarden Classroom Field Trips — Life Lab

Farm Field TripsShelburne Farms — Example of educational programs offered from a Vermont farm.

Farm to School Fundraisers

Parents and community members, you can get involved in your school's farm to school initiative. Whether you work with policies, raise money, or organize a field trip, you can make a difference.

A+ Fundraisers for High SchoolsHealthy High Schools Initiative, New York City Health Department — This guide contains healthy food and non-food fundraiser ideas with tips for organizing and implementing.

Farm-raisers: Fundraisers with a farm-fresh, healthy twistCenter for Food and Justice, Urban and Environmental Policy Institute, Occidental College

Harvest Montana Fundraiser How-to GuideHarvest Montana Fundraising Program — This document provides a comprehensive how-to guide to organizing a Harvest Montana Fundraiser in your own community. Pilot projects of this fundraising program were organized by Montana Team Nutrition and the Office of Public Instruction School Nutrition Programs.
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