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Getting Started

September is Minnesota Farm to School Month: Ideas to Celebrate Farm to SchoolInstitute for Agriculture and Trade Policy – Farm2School — This flyer provides numerous ways to kick off the school year in a fun food fashion and teach your schools about the great local food you supply to them throughout the year.

Planting a Farm to School Program, Tips for FarmersCommunity Alliance with Family Farmers — This 2-page fact sheet provides brief, helpful advice for farmers.

Marketing Michigan Products: A Step-By-Step GuideC.S. Mott Group for Sustainable Food & Systems, Michigan State University — This guide includes a detailed farmer assessment, sample invoices, and bid documents, tips for marketing and budgeting, and more. It was developed with input from farmers like you, and its practical tools are designed to address lessons learned through real farm to school experiences.

School Food Basics

Healthy Hunger Free Kids Act: What Farmers Should KnowUniversity 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 BudgetsMichigan Farm to School — is a 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.


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