In the Cafeteria

Getting Started

Mil2jpgThere are multiple strategies to improve the health of children and communities. These simple first steps will help you develop a plan and decide the best plan for your school(s).

  • Form a team and collaborate. School food service staff, teachers, administrators, school nurses, local farmers, students, Master Gardeners, County Extension Agents, parents and community organizations each have an important role in establishing a sustainable farm to school program. Learn the benefits a farm to school team here.
  • Establish one or two attainable goals to get started. Some ideas include:
    • Promote farm to school in your school and community through newsletters, marketing in the cafeteria or classroom, websites, and media.
    • Identify menu items that you would like to transition to local products.
    • Find a farmer or distributor to connect you to local items.
    • Plan a local meal event.
    • Determine training needs to assist food service staff with incorporating farm fresh items in meals.
    • Bring a school garden planning team together.
    • Identify curricular opportunities to connect to a school garden.
    • Bring a chef into the classroom.
    • Plan a farm field trip or host a tasting event featuring local produce.
  • Learn from others. If you are running into an obstacle, there is likely someone who has run into it before. Connect and learn from others through:

Take the Local Procurement Assessment!

Use the Local Procurement Assessment to determine where you are and where you’d like to be.

Farm to School as a Wellness Policy Tool

Contact Us:

Crystal R. Besse, MPH
Farm to School Director
Louisiana Farm to School Program
LSU AgCenter
(225) 578-1037

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