Farm to School Food Service Director Toolkit - This toolkit is designed to assist directors interested in F2S start a program or expand an existing program. It will help you evaluate your current needs and abilities, locate and purchase products direct from producers, incorporate local foods in your menu, promote your program, and much more.
The Wisconsin Farm to School Summit showcases current farm to school efforts across the state; new resources for farm to school practitioners and advocates; and future opportunities for farm to school programs and policy. This event is designed to support the work of school nutrition staff, educators, farmers, school administrators, school board members, parents, students and school wellness team members. The Summit will also be of interest to local food advocates, state and local health departments, local coalitions and more! This year “local farm to school teams” are encouraged to attend the Summit together. Continuing education credits for educators and school nutrition staff will be available for the Summit.
The Department of Public Instruction and Center for Integrated Agricultural Systems are collecting data on Farm to School in Wisconsin. We have developed an online survey specifically to get feedback from all Food Service Directors and Managers at schools participating in the National School Lunch Program. Please help us gather state-wide data on your farm to school efforts and barriers. The survey is now closed.
- This year, three different kinds of grants will be available. Planning grants are intended for schools just getting started on farm to school activities, while implementation grants are available for schools seeking to augment or expand existing efforts. Additionally, eligible non-profit entities, Indian tribal organizations, state and local agencies, and agriculture producers or groups of producers may apply for support service grants in order to conduct trainings, create complementary curriculum, or further develop supply chains, among other activities. Proposals are due at midnight EST, April 24, 2013.
- Farm to School Grant Website
- Connect with key players (i.e. school administration, teachers, parents, school nutrition professionals, farmers, existing distributers, etc).
- Once you have interest, form a F2S team to assess what is feasible at each school and start small. Starting small could be a taste testing, farm tour, one product etc.
- Plan ahead; know how you will incorporate F2S into your programs. Keep in mind seasonal availability and storage.
- As your F2S program continues to grow, ongoing marketing will help increase the excitement surrounding it and keep participation up.
- There are several resources available to assist you listed at the bottom of this webpage.
What You Need to Know
- WI State Regulations for Buying Locally Grown Foods - Chapter 4
- Locally Grown, Fresh, Raw, Whole Fruits and Vegetables - Joint memo from the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction, the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection, and the Wisconsin Department of Health Services, explaining that there is no licensing requirement for sources of fresh produce. September 2010.
- Geographic Preference Rule
- Accessing Local Produce
- Bulk Milk - Issues to consider when purchasing and serving bulk milk
What Schools are Doing
- Wisconsin School News: Reap the Benefits
- Wisconsin Farm to School
- School Gardens
- Email your farm to school including school garden success stories and activities to Alicia Dill.
Wisconsin is experiencing much excitement surrounding the "growth" of Farm to School programming both nationally and in Wisconsin as demonstrated by the 2009 Wisconsin Act 293 and Michelle Obama's "Let's Move" federal campaign.
- USDA Planning and Implementation Grants
- USDA Guidance Memo Annoucement of Farm to School Grants - April 17, 2012
- Additional Grant Opportunities
- Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food Compass
- Nutritious, Delicious, Wisconsin: Connecting Nutrition Education and Local Foods - DPI 2011
- DPI SNT Webcast WI Farm to School: Linking the Land with the Lunchroom August 17, 2011
- USDA Farm to School
- Farm to School.org
- Wisconsin Department of Health Services Got Dirt? Gardening Initiative
- Research, Education, Action, and Policy (REAP) Food Group
- Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade & Consumer Protection (DATCP), Buy Local Buy Wisconsin
- Institutional Food Market Coalition
- Minnesota Farm to School Toolkit
- Nutrition - Bulletin Board Resources
- Connect with Farmers
- Sowing Seeds: Improving Food Quality with Farm to School Programs - March 11, 2010
- USDA Farm to School: Opportunities to Increase Local Foods in School Meal - March 10, 2010