Farm to School Resources
- Childhood Obesity Initiative: Resources include model school wellness policies, joint-use policies, and San Diego County District Wellness Policy components.
- Farm-to-School District Profiles: District profiles provide information from San Diego County School Districts around Farm to School activities, school gardens, local food purchasing and much more.
- Good Food Rebate Program: An innovate economic incentive program in which institutional food buyers will be rebated the average cost difference between “conventional food” and local, sustainable, and/or fairly-produced food.
- State of Farm to School in San Diego County Report: The State of Farm to School in San Diego County Report provides a countywide assessment of school food procurement and farm to school activities.
General Farm to School Resources
- Chef Ann Foundation: The Lunch Box provides an archive of meal recipes, which have been analyzed for the USDA meal components.
- Chef Ann Foundation: Posters, sings, and stickers to enhance the cafeterias learning environment.
- Lean and Green Kids: The Cool Bean School Lunch Recipe collection includes kid-tested planted based recipes to support school nutrition departments around the country.
- National Farm to School Network: A collection of farm to school resources covering 25 different farm to school related topics.
- Olivewood Gardens and Learning Center: A large database of recipes for your favorite fruit and vegetables.
- School Nutrition Association: Webinars on nutrition, operations, administration, communication and marketing.
- Wisconsin Farm to School Fact Sheets: Includes selling to school 101 guide, tips for farmers to sell to schools, and visual charters for fruits and vegetables.
- Wisconsin Farm to School Toolkits Includes serving to pounds calculator, tools on food safety, guide for salad bars in schools, sample menus, and more.
- CAFF Direct Sales: Details for vendors and buyers around direct sales, including flyers for “Bridging the Communication Gap” and “How to sell to institutions.”
- CAFF Local Procurement: Bid and procurement resources such as the USDA decision tree, the Price Index Website, and bidding for local produce webinars.
- Let’s Go Local: Recommendations for Linking Locally Grown Food, School Gardens, and Joint-Use Agreements to School Wellness Policies: Provides districts with recommendations for integrating support for farm to school, including local purchasing and schools gardens, into local school district wellness policies.
- Questions to Ask Your Vendor/Distributor When Trying to Source from Small, Local, and Sustainable Farms: Provides school food services with basic tips for speaking with their vendors/distributors about local procurement.
- USDA Presentation on Procuring Local Produce, April 10, 2015: USDA representatives provided a workshop for the San Diego Farm to School Taskforce on different ways to preference local food in produce bids.
- Why Local Matters: A Primer for Schools: This document outlines some of the major reasons why local purchasing is good for students, schools, and communities.
- Example Produce Bid: San Diego Unified School District 2016-2017
- Example Produce Bid: Vista Unified School District 2017-2018
- Life Lab: Resources around garden-enhanced nutrition education, creating and sustaining school gardens, and online curriculum lessons
- San Diego Master Gardeners: Includes school garden curriculum, gardening books, and a grant calendar.
- The Edible Schoolyard Project: A variety of school garden resources including lesson planning, program development, and school food reform.
- Whole Kids Foundation: An online School Garden resource, which provides information from laying the groundwork to harvesting your story.
- California Foundation for Ag in the Classroom: The National Agricultural Matrix provides lesson plans for grade levels K – 12, covering career & technical education, social studies, health/nutrition, and science.
- Center for Ecoliteracy: Resources for educators and foodservice professionals, including student activities, promotional materials, and guides.
- UCSD Harvest of the Month: A self-guided online toolkit that offers elementary school educators step-by-step instructions and materials to implement monthly nutrition education lessons in the classroom.