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Farm to School and Summer
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.
- The Benefits of Farm to School (PDF)
- Farm to School provides a Win-Win approach, harvesting a life-long impact on kids, farmers and communities.
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- Your voice, your story and your passion are powerful. Impact and influence Farm to School and Farm to Summer in Colorado by sharing your story.
Congrats to the Farm to School Sub-grantees!
School Nutrition awarded nine SFAs with Farm to School Sub-grants. SFAs will use the funding for a variety of projects to increase student access to local foods, provide nutrition and agriculture education, and improve school meal quality. Sub-grantees will complete the Masterclass training series and receive tailored technical assistance to support sub-grant plans. Congratulations, sub-grantees!
Farm to School Sub-grant funding will support the following projects:
- Boulder Valley School District: District greenhouse enhancements, student experiential learning and teacher engagement in the greenhouses
- Cripple Creek-Victor School District: New hydroponic system, partnerships with agriculture team at the school district and student nutrition and agriculture education
- Division of Youth Services: School gardens, new salad bars and student experiential nutrition and agriculture education
- The Juniper School (Durango 9-R School District): School gardens and student experiential nutrition and agriculture education
- North Conejos School District: Purchase of a new greenhouse and student nutrition and agriculture education
- Pueblo City School District 60: Tower gardens in select elementary schools and student nutrition and agriculture education
- St. Vrain Valley School District: District greenhouse expansion, purchase of a whole animal from student FFA group and student nutrition and agriculture education
- Swink School District: Local procurement, student nutrition and agriculture education and attending the LoProCO training series
- Vilas School District: Equipment to support scratch cooking, student nutrition and agriculture education and attending the LoProCO training series
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.
- Local Food Purchasing Flyer (DOC)
- Local Food Purchasing Tracking Template (XLS)
- HB-1132 Final Bill (PDF)
- HB-1300 Technical Changes Bill (PDF)
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 (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
- Local Producer List
- Use this list to identify Colorado producers who want to sell their product to school districts. This list is updated weekly.
- Procuring Local Foods for Child Nutrition Programs (PDF)
- Colorado Proud Produce Calendar (PDF)
- Colorado Proud
Education and Curriculum
- Funding Sources Available for Farm to Cafeteria Programs
- AmeriCorps Programs
- Apply here to host an AmeriCorps member at your school to help implement Farm to School and Summer activities.
For more information or if an alternate version of a document is needed, please contact McKenna Pullen.