Sharing ideas, tools, and resources to support a range of efforts to serve local foods in school and early childcare and education food programs.
Farm to School centers around efforts to serve local foods in school and early childcare and education food programs, but applies to a variety of initiatives in Indiana, including school garden programs, fundraisers using local agricultural products, farmer visits to school classrooms and cafeterias and field trips to nearby farms.
At a minimum, producers must be registered with the Indiana State Department of Health and receive GAP
training prior to selling to schools. For a list of registered farmers/producers, click here
Background of Farm to School
- Getting Started with Farm to School
- The Benefits of Farm to School
- USDA's Farm to School Census-Healthy habits take root in Indiana.
- Indiana Farm to School Brochure
Menuing Local Foods
- 10 Facts About Local Food in School Cafeterias-This fact sheet from the USDA explains how the agency supports the procurement of local food and which programs can be used to source local.
- Optimizing Prepackaged Salads & Serving Lines with Local Foods
- Optimizing Salad Bars with Local Foods
- School Food Service Success Stories
Procuring Local Foods
- Procuring Local Foods Guide
- Local Procurement Decision Tree
- Step by Step Procurement Guide
- Indiana Producer Success Stories
- A Food Service Director and Farmer Conversation Guide
- Informal Procurement (less than $150,000):
- For additional information on using an informal bid process. Click here for a fact sheet on properly procuring local foods.
- Formal Procurement (more than $150,000):
- Contact your State Agency for the process and proper steps. Click here for a fact sheet on properly procuring local foods.
- School and Produce Safety Tips
- Handling Fresh Produce on Salad Bars
- Food Safety Tips for School Gardens
Farm to School Month Celebrations
For information and resources on nutrition education and school gardens, visit Purdue Extension’s Farm to School page here.
For questions about Farm to School, please contact Maggie Schabel by email at firstname.lastname@example.org, by phone at (317) 232-2130 or toll free (800) 537-1142 (ext. 22130).