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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.
- Tell Us Your Story
- 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.
2020 Mountain Plains Crunch Off
Colorado is competing against other states in the Mountain Plains region (KS, MO, SD, ND, UT, WY, NE, and MT) to participate in the second annual Mountain Plains Crunch Off! We are competing to see which state can get the most “crunches” into a local apple, per capita. Colorado crunches can take place any time from October 19-23. To get started, register here. Upon registering, you can download the Crunch Off Guide with resources, tips, and information on finding local apples 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.
- 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.
Contact Jon Padia for more information.
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.
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
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.