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USDA Farm to School

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USDA Farm to School

  1. 1. <ul><li>Loren LaCorte, Farm to School Team Lead </li></ul><ul><li>USDA, FNS, Special Nutrition Programs </li></ul><ul><li>Chuck Parrott, Farm to School Team </li></ul><ul><li>USDA, AMS, Fruit and Vegetable Programs </li></ul>USDA Farm to School Farm to Cafeteria Conference May 18, 2010
  2. 2. Overview <ul><li>Brief History of Farm to School at USDA </li></ul><ul><li>Introduction to Farm to School Team </li></ul><ul><li>Farm to School Team Site Visits </li></ul><ul><li>USDA’s Farm to School Website </li></ul><ul><li>Keeping Connected </li></ul>
  3. 3. History of Farm to School at USDA <ul><li>1997: USDA began a comprehensive effort to connect small farms to the school meal programs </li></ul><ul><li>Several publications have been issued throughout the years. </li></ul>
  4. 4. History of Farm to School at USDA (cont.) <ul><li>Recent History </li></ul><ul><li>2008: Teleconference with farm to school stakeholders </li></ul><ul><li>2008: New Farm Bill offers more flexibility </li></ul><ul><li>2009: USDA creates F2S Team </li></ul>
  5. 5. <ul><li>Agency-wide effort to create new economic opportunities by connecting consumers with local producers </li></ul><ul><li>Initiative focuses on the importance of understanding where our food comes from and how it gets to our plate </li></ul><ul><li>Breaking down barriers and supporting policies that focus on the connection between farmers and consumers </li></ul><ul><li>KYF2 website: </li></ul><ul><li>www.usda.gov/knowyourfarmer </li></ul>KYF2 Connection To Farm to School
  6. 6. Farm to School Team <ul><li>Supports local and regional food systems via linkages between schools and local food producers </li></ul><ul><li>Comprised of FNS & AMS employees </li></ul><ul><li>Regional & Other HQ Representation </li></ul><ul><li>Tasked with developing mechanisms to: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Assist schools in accessing local markets </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Enable food producers to effectively service their local schools </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Facilitate communication between interested stakeholders </li></ul></ul>
  7. 7. <ul><li>Provide access to resources and information on beginning and maintaining Farm to School activities for schools, farmers and local community members. </li></ul><ul><li>Provide technical assistance to assist schools and farmers in the development, progression, and/or sustainability of Farm to School activities. </li></ul><ul><li>Identify obstacles faced by schools and farmers in implementing and/or sustaining Farm to School activities and provide suggested solutions. </li></ul>Farm to School Team Goals
  8. 8. <ul><li>Visit 9 areas of varied demographics and farm to school characteristics </li></ul><ul><li>Analyze and assess variables that support or deter farm-to-school activities </li></ul><ul><li>Identify trends and best practices </li></ul><ul><li>Maintain a Farm to School website ( http://www.fns.usda.gov/cnd/F2S ) </li></ul><ul><li>Engage in webinars with interested parties to allow for information sharing of Farm to School obstacles and successes </li></ul>Farm to School Team Objectives
  9. 9. <ul><li>FNS </li></ul><ul><li>Perspective of schools and school administrators </li></ul><ul><li>General oversight of the Farm to School Team activities </li></ul>FNS and AMS Roles in Farm to School Team <ul><li>AMS </li></ul><ul><li>Perspective of famers, growers, and wholesalers </li></ul>
  10. 10. Farm to School Team’s Site Visits <ul><li>Visit 9 areas of varied demographics and farm to school characteristics </li></ul><ul><li>Requests were due January 31, 2010 </li></ul><ul><li>USDA received 300 requests to be considered </li></ul><ul><li>Site visit selected based on a numerous variables </li></ul>
  11. 11. <ul><li>Regional representation </li></ul><ul><li>Rural, Urban, Suburban, Tribal Schools </li></ul><ul><li>Large and Small School Districts </li></ul><ul><li>Self-op, Vended and Management Company </li></ul><ul><li>Various Distribution Models </li></ul><ul><li>Different Stages of F2S Implementation </li></ul><ul><li>New or Novel Ideas for incorporating F2S activities </li></ul>Variables Considered:
  12. 12. Farm to School Site Visit Locations: <ul><li>Harrisonburg City Public Schools, VA </li></ul><ul><li>Boston Public Schools, MA </li></ul><ul><li>Jamestown Public Schools, RI </li></ul><ul><li>Burlington School District, VT </li></ul><ul><li>Jefferson County and Montgomery County Public Schools, KY </li></ul>
  13. 13. Farm to School Site Visit Locations: (cont) <ul><li>Jamestown Public Schools, RI </li></ul><ul><li>Ventura and Riverside Unified School Districts, CA </li></ul><ul><li>Union and Morrison Public Schools, OK </li></ul><ul><li>Chilton and Hilbert Public Schools, WI </li></ul><ul><li>Bethel and Eugene School Districts, OR </li></ul>
  14. 14. <ul><li>School’s Farm to School Infrastructure </li></ul><ul><li>School Food Service Infrastructure </li></ul><ul><li>Procurement Process </li></ul><ul><li>Non-purchasing Aspect of Farm to School </li></ul><ul><li>Food Safety </li></ul><ul><li>Implementation and Impact </li></ul><ul><li>Policy Support and Recommendations </li></ul><ul><li>Farmers Perspective </li></ul>Areas of Interest for Site Visit:
  15. 15. What to Expect? <ul><li>Working visit </li></ul><ul><li>Visiting school and farmer </li></ul><ul><li>3 core team members </li></ul><ul><li>Possible Regional and State participation </li></ul><ul><li>Visits conducted May, June & September 2010 </li></ul><ul><li>Best practices, lessons learned and tips to share with others </li></ul>
  16. 16. USDA’s Farm to School Website: <ul><li>http://www.fns.usda.gov/cnd/F2S </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Federal Procurement Policies </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Available Federal Grants </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>USDA Resources </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Farm to School Team Updates </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Sights Sounds and Stories (stories, pictures, and webinars) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Ideas for beginning and expansions of Farm to School efforts </li></ul></ul>
  17. 17. Keeping Connected <ul><li>USDA’s Farm to School Website </li></ul><ul><ul><li>http://www.fns.usda.gov/cnd/F2S </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Email Listserv </li></ul><ul><li>Webinars </li></ul><ul><li>Contact us: [email_address] </li></ul>
  18. 18. Thank you! [email_address]