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Farm to School Food Access Communication

California Farm to School Program


Farm to school programs are a vital way to improve the health and well-being of California schoolchildren through integrated food-based education and healthy food access. California schools serve hundreds of millions of meals each year, and expanding opportunities for local food procurement that is tied to food-based education is essential for establishing healthy eating habits that children can carry into adulthood. Procurement of more California grown or produced food also supports connecting California's agriculture and food production to California consumers.

Planting the Seed: Farm to School Roadmap for Success

Building on her commitment to ensuring California children have the best start in life, First Partner Jennifer Siebel Newsom announced the release of a new report, Planting the Seed: Farm to School Roadmap for Success on February 24, 2022. The report highlights policy goals to advance child well-being, economic growth, environmental resilience, and racial equity through farm to school systems that connect children to locally sourced, whole foods and produce in cafeterias, classrooms, and gardens.

The report and its recommendations are the result of a collaboration -- led by First Partner Jennifer Siebel Newsom and California Department of Food and Agriculture Secretary Karen Ross -- among a number of state agency leaders, education professionals, and farm to school experts and practitioners.

Read the full report here!

What is Farm to School?
Funding History
California Farm to School Network (CFSN)
California Farm to School Incubator Grant Program
CFSN Community of Practice Events
2021 CA Farm to School Conference

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Questions?

Contact our Farm to School team at cafarmtoschool@cdfa.ca.gov