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The National Farm to School Network has introduced a state policy map resource tool. The interactive tool highlights states where farm to school legislation is under consideration and provides updates on the most recent action on that legislation. The tool also provides a description of each bill and an outlook on whether the legislation is likely to pass or not....

Related ATTRA podcast: Episode 199. Why Farm to School? Minnesota Department of Agriculture announced that it is awarding nearly $742,000 to 46 school districts across the state to increase the amount of healthy local foods in school meals. Several types of Farm to School grants were offered: First Bite Mini-Grants for districts with little to no experience with farm to school, Full Tray grants for experienced districts expanding programs, and equipment grants to support farm to school initiatives. A complete list of recipients is available online. ...

Related ATTRA resources: Farm to Institution USDA Food and Nutrition Service Farm to School Program has updated and released four fact sheets that provide updated guidance and resources, examples from Farm to School grantees and more. Titles include USDA DoD Fresh Program: A Source for Locally Grown Produce, USDA Foods: A Resource for Maximizing Food Budgets To Buy Local, Local Meat in Schools, and Selling Local Food to Schools: A Resource for Producers....

USDA Agricultural Marketing Service is establishing the Local Food for Schools Cooperative Agreement Program to help states deal with the challenges of supply chain disruptions brought on by the pandemic. Through the LFS program, USDA will award up to $200 million to states for food assistance purchases of domestic local foods for distribution to schools. This program will strengthen the food system for schools by helping to build a fair, competitive, and resilient local food chain, and expand local and regional markets with an emphasis on purchasing from historically underserved producers and processors. Local and regional farmers and ranchers are...

NCAT is a project partner in the Montana Farm to School Institute, a year-long program intended to ignite, grow, and sustain farm to school action within Montana schools and communities by providing training and support, and facilitating team building and action planning. The goal of the Institute is for farm to school teams representing Montana schools or school districts to develop one-year farm to school action plans which will be implemented during the 2022-2023 school year. Three school districts will be selected from across the state to participate in this first year. Each team, ranging from four to eight...

Related ATTRA publication: Farm to School Sales: Profiles of Ranches Making It Work Wall Meat Processing in Wall, South Dakota, took the initiative to begin a farm to school program that brings local beef to South Dakota schools, reports Tri-State Neighbor. South Dakota Beef to Schools officially launched in 2019, and now 14 South Dakota school districts participate the program. Although the pilot program ran on producer donations, now producers have the option of donating or selling at market rate. School food service buyers appreciate the opportunity to purchase nutritious, local meat and are sometimes able to adjust budgets to prioritize local...

The Oregon Department of Agriculture (ODA) unveiled a new website that serves agricultural producers and small to mid-sized food and beverage companies in Oregon who want to grow and become more successful. The site includes the Oregon Harvests for Schools Program website, which offers a toolkit of resources to help producers get started selling Oregon products in the ODE Farm to Child Nutrition Program, as well as other resources to help agricultural producers market to schools....

USDA's Food and Nutrition Service is hiring additional Farm to School Regional Leads in seven different locations across the country. Farm to School Regional Leads help deepen and broaden farm to school across their respective regions. They manage USDA Farm to School grants, build capacity and connectivity among state agency and extension partners, support networks, provide training and technical assistance to a variety of stakeholders, and help disseminate research and best practices. Applications will be accepted until February 15, 2022....

Related ATTRA Podcast: Food Hubs and School Sales A report released by the Iowa Food Hub Managers Working Group and ISU Extension and Outreach showed that school purchases of local food from food hubs dropped from 2020 to 2021, when financial incentives were no longer available. In 2020, schools received Local Produce and Protein Program grants, but when those funds were no longer available in 2021, many fewer schools purchased local food. Schools that already had established relationships with local food providers were likely to continue to purchase local foods, however. Over time, schools with established relationships tend to make larger and...

Related ATTRA Publication: Farm to School Sales: Profiles of Ranches Making It Work The Center for Rural Affairs posted an update highlighting farm to school successes in Nebraska. The state's farm to school program just added its first full-time employee, and this past June, University of Nebraska Extension and partners hosted the first statewide Farm to School Institute. The Gering public school district's director of food services has been adding more local products to the farm to school program over the last three years. Some districts involve students in growing food that supplies cafeterias or is sold at farmers markets. Meanwhile, farm...

This episode is a the second part of a discussion between Ben Thomas of California Alliance of Family Farms, Hope Sippola of Fiery Ginger Farm in West Sacramento, California, and Vince Caguin of the Natomas, California, Unified School District. The conversation begins with Vince asking Hope and Vince what inspires them to be involved in farm-to-school markets. In the first part of the discussion, Hope and Vince talk about ways the relationship between Fiery Ginger Farm and the school district has evolved and how the farm set about maintaining school sales through the COVID 19 pandemic. The link to that discussion is in...

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 episode is a the first part of a discussion between Ben Thomas of California Alliance of Family Farms, Hope Sippola of Fiery Ginger Farm in West Sacramento, California, and Vince Caguin of the Natomas, California, Unified School District. Hope and Vince discuss how the relationship between Fiery Ginger Farm and the school district has evolved and how the farm set about maintaining school sales through the COVID...

In this episode, 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...