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Farm to School and Summer

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Farm to School embodies three core elements: Procurement: Purchasing local foods; Education: Education related to agriculture, food, health and nutrition; School Gardens: Support and sustain school gardens to provide hand-on educational experiences and connecting students with their food.

Farm to School is a program focused on connecting communities to healthy, fresh and local food by influencing change within who and how food is purchased, nutrition and agricultural education and supporting schools in establishing school gardens and agricultural programs.  

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    • Farm to School provides a Win-Win approach, harvesting a life-long impact on kids, farmers and communities.​
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Apply for a Farm to School Sub-grant

School Nutrition will provide sub-grant awards of up to $10,000 to eligible SFAs to support SFA sub-grant plans focused on local procurement, agricultural education, and best practices for increasing meal quality. Applications open Tuesday, Sept. 7 and close Thursday, Oct. 14.


Register for the Mountain Plains Crunch Off

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Colorado is competing against other states in the Mountain Plains region to see which state can get the most “crunches” into a local produce, per capita. Colorado crunches can take place any time from October 17-23. To get started, register for the event. Upon registering, you can download the Crunch Off Guide with resources, tips, and information on finding local produce in Colorado! “Crunches” may be held in-person or virtually this year. The state with the most “crunches” will be crowned the Crunch Off champion and receive a prize! Help us take home the crown by registering now!


Farm To School Legislative Updates 

Local Food Program

With the passage of Colorado HB-1132 during the 2019 legislative session, the Local Food Program will offer selected School Food Authorities (SFAs) a reimbursement for the purchase of Colorado grown, raised, or processed products. This program encourages SFAs to procure local products, foster nutrition education, bolster farm to child nutrition activities, and support Colorado producers and farmers. This program has been reinstated. CDE School Nutrition will provide updated guidance when available. 

Resources 


Colorado Farm to School Task Force 

In 2019, HB19-1202 merged the Colorado Farm to School Task Force with the Colorado Food Systems Advisory Council (COFSAC). This will strengthen the work of the Task Force, align priorities with COFSAC and those outlined in the Colorado Blueprint for Food and Agriculture.


Farm To School and Farm to Summer Partner Organizations 

United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Resources 

Learn to build a strong farm to school team, learn about food safety, food and nutrition education, and school gardens as well as how to promote the program. 

National Farm to School Network 

Resources for school gardens, trainings, fact sheets, and educational materials. 

Nourish Colorado 

Nourish Colorado (formerly LiveWell Colorado) is a core partner of the NFSN and offers networking opportunities and webinars related to farm to school initiatives. 


Toolkits and Manuals 


Implementing a Farm to School Program 

Find Local Products 

 

Funding Opportunities 

 

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For more information or if an alternate version of a document is needed, please contact McKenna Pullen