Focus Areas

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.

2023 Local Food for Schools and School Food Best Practices

The CA Department of Food and Agriculture and CA Department of Education are collaborating to help connect schools with CA Food Producers, including socially disadvantaged food producers and small businesses. Please contact cafarmtoschool@cdfa.ca.gov if you would like additional support with the Local Food for Schools or School Food Best Practices programs.

  • For more information on Local Food for Schools please click here.
  • For more information on School Food Best Practices please click here.
2022 California Farm to School Incubator Grant Program Announcement
Planting the Seed: Farm to School Roadmap for Success
What is Farm to School?
Meet the Farm to School Team
Funding History
California Farm to School Network (CFSN)
CFSN Community of Practice Events
California Farm to School Conference

CA Farm to School Newsletter

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Questions?

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

Job Opportunities

CA Farm to School Network Regional Map
A map of California showing the following regional divisions:
- North Coast Region (Humboldt, Lake, & Mendocino counties)
- Superior Region (Siskiyou, Modoc, Trinity, Shasta, Lassen, Tehama, Plumas, Glenn, Butte, Colusa, Sutter, Yuba, Nevada, Sierra, & Placer counties)
- Central Region (Alpine, Amador, Calaveras, El Dorado, Mariposa, Merced, Mono, Sacramento, San Joaquin, Stanislaus, Tuolumne, & Yolo counties)
- Bay Area Region (Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Napa, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Solano, & Sonoma counties)
- South Coast Region (Monterey, Santa Barbara, Santa Cruz, San Benito, San Luis Obispo, & Ventura counties)
- San Joaquin Region (Fresno, Inyo, Kern, Kings, Madera, & Tulare counties)
- Southern Region (Imperial, Riverside, San Bernardino, & San Diego counties)
- Greater Los Angeles (Los Angeles & Orange counties)
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  • Superior Region
  • North Coast Region
  • Bay Area Region
  • Central Region
  • San Joaquin Region
  • South Coast Region
  • Greater Los Angeles Region
  • Southern Region

Regional Farm to School Network Leads

These new positions will establish our regional California Farm to School Network collaboratives, facilitate relationships with partners across the school food ecosystem, support California Farm to School Incubator Grantees, and organize regional convenings and events. Positions are fully remote and staff should live in/near their region.

  • Central Region (Yolo, Sacramento, El Dorado, Amador, San Joaquin, Calaveras, Stanislaus, Tuolumne, Merced, Mariposa, Mono and Alpine counties)

Farm to School Regional Producer Engagement Specialist

These new positions will provide value chain coordination for schools, producers, + partners looking to sell foods to schools + institutional buyers. Focus is on small + midsize farms, BIPOC farmers + ranchers, + climate smart agriculture. Positions are fully remote and staff should live in/near their region.

  • Bay Area Region (Sonoma, Napa, Solano, Marin, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Alameda, and Contra Costa counties)
  • San Joaquin Region (Fresno, Madera, Kings, Tulare, Kern and Inyo counties)
  • Southern Region (Imperial, Riverside, San Diego counties)