Farm to School

Our Farm to School Program strengthens local and regional food communities across the State by increasing opportunities for schools to purchase Washington-grown food, helping our farmers get access to school markets, and helping our kids get access to fresh, local food. Farm to School is a win for our farmers, our kids and our economy.

FARM TO SCHOOL RESOURCES AVAILABLE!

 

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Local Food Directory for Schools and Farms in Central Washington 

WSFFN produced this directory to help schools, farmers and ranchers in Central Washington connect directly to create school meals featuring locally grown whole foods.  Information includes what products school districts would like to buy and what farmers have available to sell.

This work was supported by a USDA Farm to School grant. 

 

 

 

 

Central Washington Regional Farm to School Guide

WSFFN used the template created by Whatcom Farm to School Support Team to compile  this guidebookCentral Washington F2S Guide Cover full of resource links to help school food service staff, parents, teachers, administrators, school board members, and community organizations learn more about Farm to School and where to find the support they need.  This resource guide serves Chelan, Grant, Okanogan, and Kittitas Counties.

This work was supported by a USDA Farm to School grant and Whatcom Community Foundation. 

For more information contact Farm to School coordinator Joan Qazi at jqazi@wsffn.org

 

 

 

 

 

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This directory is designed for school food service and farm-to-school programs in Whatcom, Skagit, and Island Counties. It provides contacts and detailed information about farms that sell food to schools in each of the three counties.

This work was supported by a USDA Farm to School grant and the Whatcom Community Foundation. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Northwest Regional Farm to School Guide

 This guide is loaded with valuable information for schools in Island, San Juan, Skagit, and Whatcom Counties that are making farm to school work. This guide is for parents, teachers, administrators, food service staff, school board members, and community organizations to connect with others who are committed to the same vision – the health of our kids and our communities. 

                                                    This work was supported by a USDA Farm to School grant and the Whatcom Community Foundation.

 

 

 

 

Leavenworth Farm Tour for School Food Service on May 10, 2016Leavenworth Farm tour hoophouse

WSFFN organized a three-farm tour for Central Washington School Food Service personnel to help schools understand what goes into growing the produce served in school meals.  Tour participants learned about bee-keeping and producing honey plus growing vegetables in a hoop-house at Hope Mountain Farm in Plain.  Then Chris Petry of Oh Yeah! Farms shared his enthusiasm for sustainable practices in growing and milling grain in Leavenworth.  Finally, a visit to the permaculture operations at long-time organic Gibbs Family Farm topped off the tour with an explanation of chicken tractors, table-grape growing, and the importance of fermentation.  The taste-test of sweet and spicy carrot sauerkraut was delicious!

 

 

Winter Taste Washington Day February 3, 2016

WSFFN and WSDA teamed up to encourage schools to highlight healthy local foods in the off-season. Building on October’s Taste WA Day that was developed by the WA State Nutrition Association and WSDA, WSFFN collaborated with Wenatchee and Wahluke school districts to hold the first pilot Winter Taste Washington Day in 2015.  This year schools featured storage crop vegetables, local grains, and meats.
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Harvest of the Month and Beyond:

Harvest of the Month and Beyond project is to increase local food procurement in targeted school districts in Northwest and Central Washington over two years. Project support strengthens regional partnerships between farms, schools, distributors, food hubs and local aggregation efforts. School Districts participating in the project include: Ephrata, Ellensburg, Wahluke and Wenatchee in Central Washington and Bellingham, Blaine, Ferndale, Lummi Island, Lynden, Meridian, Mount Baker and Nooksak in Whatcom County.  Joan Qazi is our Central Washington Farm to School Coordinator and can be reached at jqazi@wsffn.org or 509 664-6691. Whatcom efforts are supported by Whatcom Farm to School Project and Mardi Solomon and Holly O’Neil can be reached at coordinator@whatcomfarmtoschool.org. This project is funded by a USDA Farm to School grant.

 Statewide Farm to School Evaluation:

WSFFN and partners are collaborating to implement a cross-sectoral evaluation of farm to school programs across the state. We will be using an evaluation framework developed by the National Farm to School Network. Impacts to be evaluated include public health ( ie food access, obesity prevention), economic development and student educational outcomes. For more information contact Ellen Gray at egray@wsffn.org or 360 336 9694.

School’s Guide To Purchasing Washington-Grown Food:

Washington State Department of Agriculture, Washington Sustainable Food & Farming Network and Washington Environmental Council partnered to develop this guide to local and federal regulations regarding food procurement.
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Fresh Food In Schools Project:

Started in 2011, this project connected schools and farms, helping both comply with state regulations to increase students access to Washington-grown fruits and vegetables.
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