The following resources are provided to encourage better connections with farms, schools and students throughout Virginia.Virginia Farm to School: The Virginia Farm to School program is coordinated by the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, in cooperation with the Virginia Department of Education and other community stakeholders. It is an effort to increase the amount of fresh and nutritious Virginia Grown products offered in schools and to promote opportunities for schools and local farmers to work together.
Minnesota Toolkit for School Foodservice: This toolkit from the University of Minnesota Extension is designed to help school food service directors and educators start, build, and sustain farm to school efforts. Farm to school initiatives can range from use local foods in school cafeterias, cooking classes, school gardens, providing nutrition and agriculture education in classrooms, in-school farmers markets, visits from farmers and farm field trips, using local foods in class fundraisers, and more with a little creativity!
Washington Grown Food Kit: With this link from Washington state, you can find general information, recipes, sample menus, and nutrition facts for different fruits and vegetables.
The Virginia Farm to School Initiative and Program continues to grow with new resources and more. A Virginia-based Farm to School Resource Guidebook will be available soon so continue to check back. For school, farms, and distributors who would like to work to get more local foods into school cafeterias, please visit Virginia Farm to School to register your school or enterprise.