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Farm to School in Washington

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There are incredible Farm to School projects and initatives happening all throughout Washington State! School cafeterias are featuring salad bars and local ingredients in lunches, farmers are hosting students at their farms and are guest speakers in classrooms, parents and teachers are working with students to build school gardens, students are creating delicious seasonal recipes and food grown in schools gardens are appearing in school meals.

According to WSDA Farm to School Surveys, USDA Farm to School Census and Washington State Farm to School Network:

  • 49% of school districts in Washington State participate in Farm to School

  • 91 school districts bought ingredients directly from Washington farmers between 2013-2018

  • $17,440,300 was spent on local food by Washington schools in the 2013-14 school year

  • At least 206 school gardens exist in Washington State as of 2018

  • 72 Early Care & Education providers participated in Farm to ECE activities in 2017

In 2018, the Washington State Farm to School Network was formed to support the work of over 200 member school districts, farmers and food producers, teachers, students, non-profits, regional and state agencies working on farm to school. WSDA Farm to School and various lead organizations involved in farm to school in the state helped form the network.

View the Washington State Farm to School Network Directory to see organizations involved in Farm to School near you

Organizations that participated in the May 4, 2018 Launch Summit for the Washington State Farm to School Network included:

  • Bellingham Public Schools
  • Central Valley School District
  • CheffyK and CA, LLC
  • Childhood Obesity Prevention Coalition
  • City of Seattle
  • Cloud Mountain Farm Center
  • Cloudview Farm
  • Common Threads
  • Coupeville Farm to School
  • Debbie Leraas Children's Center
  • Ellensburg School District
  • Farmstand Local Foods
  • Grandview School District
  • Grant County Conservation District
  • Grant County Health District
  • GRuB (Garden-Raised Bounty)
  • Hood Cancal School
  • JQ Enterprises
  • LINC Foods
  • Lincoln County Conservation District
  • Lind-Ritzville Middle School
  • Nine Mile Falls School District
  • OSPI - Child Nutrition Services
  • OSPI - Environment & Sustainability
  • OSPI - Healthiest Next Generation
  • Othello Schools
  • Prosser Schools
  • River City Youth Ops
  • Seattle Public Schools
  • Tilth Alliance
  • United General District 304
  • USDA Farm to School Western Region
  • Viva Farms
  • Walla Walla Valley Farm to School
  • Washington Ag in the Classroom
  • Washington Green Schools
  • Washington State Dairy Council
  • Washington State Department of Children, Youth, and Families
  • Washington State Department of Health
  • Washington State PTA
  • Whatcom Farm To School
  • WSDA Regional Markets
  • WSU Clark County Extension SNAP-Ed
  • WSU King County Extension SNAP-Ed
  • WSU Adams Co. Extension SNAP-Ed
  • WSU Spokane County Extension SNAP-Ed
  • WSU Food Systems Team
  • Yaksum Canyon Truck Farm
Last Updated: 1/10/2019