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Monday, March 19, 2012

Farm to School: Getting Started: Do Your Homework

Set yourself up for success by reviewing the resources on this page and learning what other schools in Minnesota are doing.
Farm to School Assessment Tool — Minnesota Department of Health — Is your farm to school initiative starting up, cruising, or breaking barriers? Take this self-assessment to find out.
Food Education Every Day — Vermont FEED — Watch this excellent introductory video from the Vermont farm to school initiative.

Minnesota Moments

Food and Nutrition Director of Dover-Eyota Public Schools Carrie Frank says, “Find inspiration, dream big and keep asking questions.” Carrie credits Annette Derouin, foodservice director of Willmar Public Schools, for her pioneering and inspirational role in Minnesota’s farm to school movement.
Barb Mechura, Director of Operations for the Royal Cuisine department of Hopkins Public Schools, finds no need to re-invent the wheel. Barb does her research and adapts tools to suit her district’s needs. To learn what other schools in Minnesota are doing to bring fresh, local food to their students check out Minnesota’s profile on the National Farm to School Network.

Other Recommend Resources

Getting Started with Farm to School — National Farm to School Network — Use these five steps to get going in farm to school
Farm to School Start-Up Kit — Washington State Department of Agriculture — Considerations for starting farm to school.
Farm to School Primer — Minnesota Department of Education — Provides basic information to get you started and links to a variety of other resources.
National Farm to School Network — The website has a wealth of information about farm to school initiative across the country.
Farm2School — This website serves as an entry point, networking tool, and news service. A map of the state shows Minnesota schools that currently have farm to school initiatives.
Wisconsin Farm to School: Toolkit for School Nutrition Directors and Producers — Center for Integrated Agricultural Systems UW Madison — These interactive toolkits serve as a resource for both food service staff and producers and offer valuable tools from getting started to evaluation.
Farm to School Resource Manual — Countryside Public Health — This resource manual contains newsletters, public service announcements, recipes, and more.
Farm to School Field Guide for Food Service Directors — Community Alliance with Family Farmers' Farm to School Initiative — This guide gives foodservice directors a place to start and answers basic questions about farm to school initiatives.
The Lunch Box: Healthy Tools to Help All Schools — Provides a variety of resources for school lunch programs.
Vermont Farm to School: A Guide for Using Local Foods in Schools — Vermont Feed — A manual designed for school foodservice directors or staff who are interested in making changes to the food students eat at school.
Kent School District’s Farm to School Website — Example of a school district farm to school program website. Includes an interactive farm locater map, photos of producers and staff in action, and shows the district’s path in planting a farm to school Program in Washington.

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