Farm to School News
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.
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:
- 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 firstname.lastname@example.org for copies.