Parents and Community Members
The following resources will help parents support their schools' Farm to School efforts.
Links to local producers.
Resources from University of Minnesota and others.
Tools for understanding school food policies.
Guides and resources for fundraising.
Farm to School Field Guide for Parents & Community Members — Community Alliance with Family Farmers' Farm to School Initiative — This short guide provides parents with helpful tips to make a difference in their school's Farm to School program, including building a Farm to School team, connecting with teachers in the classroom, and improving a school's wellness policy.
Farm to Preschool — National Farm to School Network — Farm to fork programming has been expanded to include child care centers. Access resources and policy ideas here.
Healthy Hunger Free Kids Act: What Farmers Should Know (513 K PDF) — University of Minnesota Extension — The change in nutrition standards for school food provides an increase in the amount of produce served to students, and diversifies the array of products. Review this fact sheet to learn about what fruits and vegetables schools are looking to source.
School Food Budgets — Michigan Farm to School — Brief explanation of typical school food funding, costs, and procurement to help you understand the budgetary conditions under which most school food service programs operate.
The Cost of School Lunch — School Food Focus — Only one dollar is spent on food in the average school lunch. Learn more about what affects the price of school lunch.
Farm to School Videos — National Farm to School NetworkFarm to Preschool