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Finding, Buying and Serving Local Food - Working with Distributors

In this webinar, the sixth in this series, USDA's Farm to School Team discusses how schools can purchase local products through distributors. A food service director from Tennessee and a farm to school coordinator from Georgia share how they've been able to work with distributors to buy local foods.

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Finding, Buying and Serving Local Foods - Using Specifications to Target Local Products

In this webinar, the fifth in the series, we discuss how schools can purchase local products by using product specifications, vendor requirements and evaluation criteria. For example, schools can require that vendors offer farm visits or origin labeling, or a school might request a variety of product only grown in the nearby region.

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Healthy Habits Take Root – Going Local
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Finding, Buying and Serving Local Foods - Using USDA Foods as Resource to Purchase Local

In this, the 10th webinar of the series, USDA's Farm to School Team turns its attention to USDA Foods. We discuss the history of the program and four ways USDA Foods can support districts in their local purchasing efforts. The Vermont Agency of Education shares how they have integrated USDA Foods into their local purchasing efforts.

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Finding, Buying and Serving Local Foods - Using Geographic Preference

Next up in the procurement webinar series, this ninth webinar offers an in-depth look at how three districts are using geographic preference. We review some geographic preference basics, hear from the farm to school coordinator at Fayetteville Public Schools in Arkansas and discuss two other real-life examples of schools using geographic preference.

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Finding, Buying and Serving Local Foods - Introduction to Geographic Preference

During this webinar, the eighth in the series, USDA's Farm to School Team introduces the geographic preference option, explains when it can be used and offers a few examples for how a school might use geographic preference.

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Finding, Buying and Serving Local Foods - Using the Informal Procurement Method

In this webinar, the fourth in the series, Christina Conell from USDA's Food and Nutrition Service discusses how schools can purchase local products using the informal method. It can be as easy as schools contacting three (or more!) local producers for price quotes. This session showcases stories and tips from Union Public Schools in Oklahoma and Kalispell Public Schools in Montana.