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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.

While individual farm to school programs vary based on their unique vision, community, and geographic region, the CDFA broadly considers farm to school programs as combining: (1) schools and early care and education (ECE) programs buying California grown or produced foods from California food producers for school meal programs, and (2) hands-on food education opportunities that engage students and connect the classroom with the cafeteria, such as activities in school gardens, on farms, in culinary classes, in settings that celebrate traditional foodways and cultivate food sovereignty, and through other experiential learning pathways. Programs may include forest-to-school, river-to-school, and ocean-to-school.

On this page you can find information about farm to school, grant opportunities, ways to get involved, and contact information for the CDFA Farm to School Program team.

About Us
Funding History + CDFA Farm to School Team Contact Info
Grant Opportunities
Farm to School Incubator Grant Program, Local Food for School, School Food Best Practices
CFSN Community of Practice Calls, Biennial Farm to School Conference
Planting the Seed: Farm to School Roadmap for Success

CA Farm to School Newsletter

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Job Opportunities

Farm to School Network Regional Lead
  • 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
  • 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)

Office of Farm to Fork Positions


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