Procurement is a core element of farm to school implementation. Foodservice staff are at the frontlines of procurement. The resources on this page will equip you to procure local foods like a boss.
Toolkit for Direct Purchasing of Local Foods — Minnesota Institute of Sustainable Agriculture — This toolkit is intended for use by school districts, as well as other types of food service, for procurement of local food directly from farmers.
Minneapolis Public Schools Farm to School Toolkit — Read about MPS’ farm to school program and the many useful tools, resources and documents that have been developed since its inception.
Farm to School Assessment Tool — Minnesota Department of Health — Is your farm to school initiative starting up, cruising, or breaking barriers? Take this self-assessment to find out.
Minnesota Grown Wholesale Directory — Minnesota Department of Agriculture — Find farmers who market to restaurants, schools, grocers and other wholesale accounts. Search by item, zip code, insurance, distribution options and more. Don’t miss the useful chart showing what’s in season in Minnesota!
Now We're Cooking! A Collection of Simple Scratch Recipes Served in Minnesota Schools — Minnesota Department of Health — Explore this collection of recipes that celebrates Minnesota’s creativity and passion for tasty and healthy school meals.
USDA Farm to School Program — This program of the Food and Nutrition Service’s Office of Community Food Systems helps incorporate local foods into child nutrition programs through grant making, training and technical assistance, and research.
Farm to School Fact Sheets — These short, well-designed publications break down the process of starting farm to school.
- Farm to Child Nutrition Programs Planning Guide — This four-page guide directs you through questions to consider when starting or growing a farm to school, farm to CACFP, or farm to summer program.
The USDA Farm to School Planning Toolkit — Download this 53-page toolkit of questions to consider and resources to reference.
Procuring Local Foods for Child Nutrition Programs — This guide covers procurement basics, defining local, where to find local products, and the variety of ways schools can purchase locally in accordance with regulations
FNS Policy Memos — The memos on this page spell out exactly what you can and can’t do when purchasing local food. You can follow the rules and support local farmers.
National Farm to School Network — The website has a wealth of information about farm to school initiatives across the country. Start with Getting Started with Farm to School for five steps to get your program going.