Episode 193. Accessing USDA Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program

In this bonus podcast of Voices from the Field, 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.

This podcast is one of a number of case studies feature farmers successfully navigating school sales as part of Bringing the Farm to School, a training program being developed by NCAT and the National Farm to School Network, with USDA Food and Nutrition Services as the sponsoring agency.

Related ATTRA Resources:

Farm to School: Profiles of Ranches Making it Work

Local Food Systems

Other Resources:

Arizona Microgreens

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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