Farm to School Resources
Farm to School programs connect farms with school cafeterias and classrooms. These programs can include everything from farm field trips to nutrition education in the school gardens to farm-fresh salad bars.
California Alliance For Family Farmers (CAFF’s )Farm to School program reconnects children with local food and agriculture in the classroom, on the farm, and in the cafeteria Tools and tips for schools!
The National Farm to School Network supports the work of local farm to school programs all over the country by providing free training and technical assistance, information services, networking, and support for policy, media and marketing activities. Our network includes national staff, eight regional lead agencies and leads in all 50 states.
The USDA Farm to School Program is operated by the Department’s Food and Nutrition Service (FNS), which has seven regional offices around the country; in each is a Farm to School Regional Lead who is available to provide farm to school related support to state agencies and other entities in their region.
Local Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) Farms are increasingly partnering with school gardens to work together in many ways. Local farms in our area include:
Laguna Farm– located on the Laguna in Sebastopol this wonderful produces weekly boxes of amazing greens, and diverse vegetables and fruits. Shop in the farm store for local breads, cheeses and other products.
Green String Farm- Petaluma, CA: A diversified farm raising vegetables, fruits, nuts, eggs and grass-fed beef by natural-process farming. Supports farm-to-school partnerships.
Carrot Top Farm- Healdsburg, CA: A small farm specializing in 15 varieties of salad greens and other seasonal vegetables.
Laguna Farm- Sebastopol, CA: Laguna Farm has been providing organically grown produce to the Sonoma County area for over 20 years through direct sales at farm markets, CSA memberships, retail stores and fine restaurants.
Canvas Ranch- Petaluma, CA: A small family farm in the Two Rock Valley near Petaluma. Canvas Ranch is a CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) and also raises goats, sheep and other animals.
Tierra Vegetables- Santa Rosa, CA: They are committed to producing vegetables, chiles and wool products of the very highest quality through sustainable farming practices.
Do you know of another Farm to School resource we forgot? Contact us and we’ll add it to the list.