Episode 186. Is Farm to School Right for You?

In this episode of Voices from the Field, Kei Matsunami, the National Center for Appropriate Technology’s Montana local foods specialist, talks with Chris Gaskell of Grasmick Produce of Twin Falls and Boise, Idaho. Grasmick Produce is Montana’s contracted USDA Foods and DoD Fresh vendor.

Chris talks about how he has worked with local producers to offer more Montana-grown fruits and vegetables to schools participating in farm-to-school efforts. He discusses requirements, such as volume and item specification, as well as important considerations regarding distribution logistics and pricing.

This conversation with Chris Gaskell is part of a series of podcasts and videos for Bringing the Farm to School, a producer training program on selling to schools. These case studies feature farmers successfully navigating school sales. NCAT and the National Farm to School Network are partnering to develop Bringing the Farm to School, with USDA Food and Nutrition Services as the sponsoring agency.

Related ATTRA Resources:

Farm to School: Profiles of Ranches Making it Work

Farm to School Aquaponics Program

Local Food Systems

Other Resources:

Grasmick Produce

USDA DoD Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program

USDA Foods in Schools

National Farm to School Network

For more information on this topic, you can contact Tammy Howard directly via email at tammyh@ncat.org.

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