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The latest news and events for our Farm to School Program

 WSFFN's Farm to School Program

WSFFN seeks to strengthen sustainable local and regional food communities across Washington State through implementation of its Farm to School Program.


Completed Workshop: Overcoming Barriers to Local Food Procurement

This May 19, 2015 interactive workshop helped School Food Service Directors, Kitchen Managers,and other School Food Service staff in Whatcom, Skagit, Island and San Juan Counties learn more about how to secure local food. Presentations will be posted here shortly.  This workshop was funded from a USDA Farm to School Implementation Grant.

Fresh Food in Schools Project

Fresh Food in Schools was a three year farm to school project working with 20 school districts across the state to increase school procurement of Washington grown food. Results are posted below. You can also watch this 7 minute for highlights of the project. The project was funded by a WSDA Specialty Crop Block Grant, the Washington Women's Foundation, the Whatcom Community Foundation Sustainable Whatcom Fund and numerous private donations.

 

Click here to watch our Fresh Food in Schools 7 minute video.

Fresh Food in School video summary


A Schools Guide to Purchasing Wa Grown Food

This quide clarifies today’s rules about how to apply a geographic preference in school food purchases and helps school districts increase their use of Washington-grown food in accordance with rules and regulations at all levels of government.

In the guide you will find information about:

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  • Regulations governing school food purchases
  • USDA's Geographic Preference Option
  • Washington State school food purchasing laws and using the Geographic Preference Option
  • A step-by-step chart to purchase Washington grown foods
  • Developing vendor qualifications, specifications and preferences to source Washington-grown
  • Guidance and sample language for Washington-grown purchasing and wellness policies

 

The guide is available at no cost from WSFFN or  from  the Wa State Department of Agriculture. Contact Tricia Kovacs at  tkovacs@agr.wa.gov  for copies.

 

 

 

 

 

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