Farm to School Podcasts

Accessing the USDA Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program as a Market Opportunity

Joseph Martinez, Arizona Microgreens, Phoenix, Arizona

In this podcast, Lacy Stephens of the National Farm to School Network talks with Joseph Martinez of Arizona Microgreens. Based in Phoenix, Arizona. Arizona Microgreens produce organically grown microgreens – like micro salad mixes, micro kale, and pea shoots – for restaurants, farmers markets, schools, and hospitals throughout Arizona. Joseph discusses the opportunities, challenges and benefits of selling his produce to local schools for use in the USDA’s Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program (FFVP).

Leveraging State Partnerships to Access School Market

Alma Maquitico, Anthony Youth Farm, Anthony, New Mexico

Jenileigh Harris, National Farm to School Network program associate, talks with Alma Maquitico from Anthony Youth Farm in southern New Mexico. Anthony Youth Farm is a small organic farm that provides farming and training opportunities for rural and low-income youth and sells their products to schools through a purchasing cooperative program facilitated by the New Mexico Public Education Department. Listen in to hear about Alma’s experience working with organizations and entities across the state to collaboratively develop state-run programs that reduce school market access barriers for small producers of color.

Montana Apples through Dod Fresh

Chris Gaskell, Grasmick Produce, Twin Falls and Boise, Idaho

NCAT Specialist Kei Matsunami talks with Chris Gaskell of Grasmick Produce of Twin Falls and Boise, Idaho, about the company’s farm to school sales and DoD Fresh contract with Montana Office of Public Instruction.

Building Sustainable Relationships with School Nutrition Programs

Rae Rasnak of L&R Poultry and Produce and Kate Seybold of Minneapolis Public Schools

In this edition of the Bringing the Farm to School Podcast, Lacy Stephens of the National Farm to School Network talks to Rae Rusnak of L&R Poultry and Produce and Kate Seybold of Minneapolis Public Schools (MPS). L&R Poultry and Produce has been consistently selling to MPS for over eight years. Rae and Kate discuss what has made this partnership successful and beneficial for both of them, and they each share recommendations for building long-term relationships with school buyers.

Is Farm to School Right for You? A Conversation with Katrina Becker from Cattail Organics

Katrina Becker, Cattail Farm, Northern Wisconsin

Tammy Howard, National Center for Appropriate Technology Agriculture Specialist, talks with Katrina Becker from Cattail Farm in northern Wisconsin. Katrina talks about how she has worked with schools to find a price point that works for her small farm and a product that works for the school districts. She also talks about crops that have worked well with her and balancing risk with multiple market channels.

A Conversation with Fiery Ginger Farm and Natomas Unified School District

Ben Thomas of CA Alliance of Family Farms, Hope Sippola of Fiery Ginger Farms, and Vince Caguin of Natomas, California, Unified School District

This is a panel discussion in the Bringing the Farm to School pilot facilitator workshop. In this panel, Ben Thomas of CA Alliance of Family Farms talks with Hope Sippola of Fiery Ginger Farms and Vince Caguin, of Natomas Unified School District to ask them about how their relationship has evolved and how Fiery Ginger is trying to maintain school sales through the pandemic

Beef to School: Bear Paw Meats

Karla Buck, Bear Paw Meats, Chinook, Montana

In this podcast, Al Kurki, a program specialist with NCAT’s ATTRA sustainable agriculture program, interviews Karla Buck, co-owner of Bear Paw Meats in Chinook, Montana. Al talks with Karla about how the Bucks raise, process, and market meat to school districts in the area surrounding their business.

Bringing the Farm to School to Farm Again

Alicia Ellingsworth, KC Food Hub and KC Farm School, Kansas City, Kansas

In this episode of the Bringing the Farm to School Podcast series, Lacy Stephens of the National Farm to School Network talks with Alicia Ellingsworth of the KC Food Hub and KC Farm School in Kansas City, Kansas. Alicia shares the benefits, opportunities and strategies for successful school sales from the perspective of a food hub operator and also shares insight on the benefits of selling through a food hub from the perspective of the producer. She also shares insight on the unique relationship between KC Food Hub and KC Farm School that opens up the world of food and farming to children and the community.

Farm to Food Hub to School

Alex McCullough and McKenna Hayes, Food Connects, Brattleboro, Vermont

In this podcast, Daniel Prial, a specialist with the National Center for Appropriate Technology, talks with Alex McCullough and McKenna Hayes of Food Connects food hub in Brattleboro, Vermont, about tips and strategies for selling to schools through food hubs.

Farm to School Aquaponics Program

Rachel Jones, Farm to School, Park County, Montana

In this podcast, Al Kurki, a specialist with the National Center for Appropriate Technology, has a conversation with Rachel Jones, Executive Director of Farm to School of Park County. With a USDA Farm to School grant, Rachel turned one of the school’s greenhouses into an aquaponics laboratory. Middle- and high-school students of Park County now raise trout and vegetables for food for their schools. In this episode, you will hear about the challenges and triumphs using an aquaponics system in a school setting.