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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 and Summer in the Field

Boulder Valley School District celebrates Farm to Summer 

Boulder Valley School District recently launched a new BBQ trailer at the Boulder County Farmers Market to bring summer meals to where kids are. The school district and farmers market are collaborating to increase access to healthy foods for kids and families. The market also accepts Double Up Food Bucks and provides additional funds for City of Boulder WIC participants. On the menu last week was local smoked beef brisket sandwiches (from Buckner Family Farm in Boulder County), local applewood smoked pork spareribs (from Sky Pilot Farm in Longmont), scratch-cooked sweet potato cornbread, crispy cabbage slaw, oranges, and milk.

Boulder County

Farm to School/Summer offered by Boulder County

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. 


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 



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