Resource | Webinars/Videos
2019 Farm to School Census Overview

This introduction covers a brief background of the Farm to School Census, the purpose of the survey, and advice on how to avoid common mistakes in data collection and reporting.

Resource | Technical Assistance & Guidance
Facts About the Census

The Farm to School Census is a survey of farm to school activities, including local food procurement and nutrition education.  This document provides additional clarification for School Food Authorities (SFAs) on the Farm to School Census and the data collection process

Resource | Technical Assistance
Farm to School Census Preparation Worksheet

The 2019 Farm to School Census Preparation Worksheet is to help School Food Authorities gather relevant information in advance of completing their Farm to School Census Surveys. 

Resource | Technical Assistance & Guidance
Farm to School Resources

Plan your Farm to School program using the new Farm to Child Nutrition Programs Planning Guide. This guide uses the same concepts below to create a robust farm to school program for the National School Lunch Program (NSLP), School Breakfast Program (SBP), Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) and Seamless Summer Option (SSO), and Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP).

Resource | Grants
Grant Awards

Designed to increase the availability of local foods in schools, USDA Farm to School grants can help farm to school programs get started or expand existing efforts. Funds support a wide range of activities from training, planning, and developing partnerships to creating new menu items, establishing supply chains, offering taste tests to children, purchasing equipment, planting school gardens, and organizing field trips to agricultural operations.

Resource | Webinars/Videos
Celebrate National Farm to School Month in Early Care and Education Settings: Farm to CACFP

Co-hosted by USDA FNS’s Team Nutrition initiative and the Office of Community Food Systems on October 25, 2018, this hour-long webinar focuses on how local foods and nutrition and food education can be incorporated in CACFP settings.

Resource | Technical Assistance & Guidance
General Farm to School Resources
Resource | Webinars/Videos
Community Food Systems Videos & Webinars

Watch this new video to learn how farm to school is making a difference all across the country. Take one small step and share this video across your networks!

Resource | Toolkits
Farm to Child Nutrition Programs Planning Guide

The Farm to Child Nutrition Planning Guide directs you through questions to consider when starting or growing a farm to school, farm to child care, or farm to summer program. This planning guide should be used as a supplemental tool to the Farm to School Planning Toolkit. This guide can be updated annually to ensure you are working towards your long-term goals.

Resource | Technical Assistance & Guidance
Effective Strategies States Can Use to Support Community Food Systems

Throughout the U.S, farm to school initiatives are taking root and thriving at local, regional, and statewide levels. According to the USDA Farm to School Census, during the 2014-2015 school year, over 5,200 school districts comprised of more than 42,000 schools were buying local food and teaching children about agriculture. Many state agencies are at the forefront of this work, leading their state’s farm to school planning and goal setting. Indeed, state agencies such as Departments of Education, Departments of Agriculture, and Departments of Health can play unique roles in establishing and supporting these community food systems efforts. Attached, are a few effective strategies USDA recommends state agencies implement to support farm to school initiatives in their states.