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Farm to School: Buying Tips and Tools

Looking for more resources to support your local food purchases? Explore the resources below:

Buying Local Food for Food Service in MinnesotaThe Minnesota Project — Cooking with seasonal, locally grown foods can be a new experience for many chefs. This guide is intended to be an introduction to the “whys” and “hows” of using local food in a restaurant or other food service establishment.


Michigan Products: A Step by Step GuideC.S. Mott Group for Sustainable Food Systems, Michigan State University — Includes useful information and practical tools on incorporating locals foods into your school meals program include sample bid forms and farmer contracts.


Guide for Using Local Foods in SchoolsVermont FEED — A manual designed for school foodservice directors or staff with a step-by-step process for starting local purchasing in your school, success stories about farm-to-cafeteria relationships and seasonal recipes and menu ideas.


Tips, Tools and Guidelines for Food Distribution and Fo…

Farm to School: Purchasing Local Food

Start here to get a thorough understanding of the requirements and policies that are involved with purchasing local food items.

USDA Procurement Regulations and Policy Procurement MethodsOnline Procurement Training DoD Fresh Fruit and Vegetable ProgramUsing DOD Fresh to Purchase Local ProduceUSDA — Schools can use their USDA Foods entitlement dollars to buy fresh produce; learn more about adding local fruits and vegetables.
Geographic Preference

Geographic PreferenceGeographic Preference: What it is and how to use itUSDA — Read more about how school food service can use a geographic preference to buy local foods. For example, schools can put out a bid for apples within 100 miles of the school.

Geographic Preference Option for the Procurement of Unprocessed Agricultural Products in Child Nutrition ProgramsNational Farm to School Network — Summary of the final rule on geographic preference.

Procurement Geographic Preference Q & AUSDA — Memorandum released February 1, 2011…