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.
In order to sell to schools, local growers must comply with the Food Safety Modernization Act. What is the Food Safety Modernization Act? For a fact sheet, click here.
It is recommended for food service directors to buy from producers who are registered with the Indiana State Department of Health Food Protection Program and receive Produce Safety Alliance Good Agricultural Practices Growers Training. For a list of registered growers, click here.
- Procuring Local Foods Guide
- Step by Step Procurement Guide
- Informal Procurement (less than $150,000):
- 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.
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 email@example.com, by phone at (317) 232-2130 or toll free (800) 537-1142 (ext. 22130).
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