Getting Started with Farm to School
Whether you're an agricultural producer, a school nutrition professional, a teacher, concerned community member, student or other advocate, if you're interested in the farm to school you will find there are many resources available as you begin to interact with your local school-based feeding program. For some basic information on the history of school food and operational models, refer to our School Food Basics page, and for recipe inspiration, refer to our Farm to School Cookbooks page and Washington Grown Food Kit.
WSDA Farm to School Start-Up Kit
WSDA created this Farm to School Start-Up Kit in partnership with Kent School District to assist schools as they consider their options and begin farm to school efforts. In 2010, Kent School District’s commitment to providing tasty, affordable, healthy meal programs was recognized and they were selected to participate in Public Health-Seattle & King County Communities Putting Prevention to Work grant. The grant provided funding to launch a farm to school program in the district, and WSDA worked with the district to increase the use of seasonal, fresh, Washington-grown foods in the meal and snack programs. The project team developed documents, templates and resources to use in Kent School District. The Start-Up Kit is designed to share those tools and resources for use in other districts.
The Start-Up Kit provides step-by-step guidance, with links to open the individual tools and resources along the way. Whether you're new to farm to school, or are interested in resources to support specific aspects of your existing program, it's worth taking a look. The kit is organized by topic for ease of use.
Click the image below to view the Start-Up Kit.
The kit was created to provide a clear way to present the process and tools used in the Kent School District project, and as such, is not intended to be your sole source of information for starting farm to school.
WSDA Farm to School Calendar provides a monthly list of menu ideas, promotion and educational opportunities with links to relevant pages of WSDA Farm to School Toolkit.
- WA Grown Produce Seasonality Chart - Veggies & Legumes (Revised July 2014) - 569 KB - Seasonality Chart based on USDA Final Rule Nutrition Standards in the National School Lunch and School Breakfast Programs - Jan. 2012
- WA Grown Produce Seasonality Chart - Fruit & Herb (Revised July 2014) - 442 KB - Seasonality Chart based on USDA Final Rule Nutrition Standards in the National School Lunch and School Breakfast Programs - Jan. 2012
- Oklahoma Produce Calculator - Excel 07 - Calculate quantity to purchase based on serving size
- Oklahoma Produce Calculator - Excel 03 - Calculate quantity to purchase based on serving size