Farm to School Resources

California Farm to School in Action: School Profiles

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Statewide Resources

Resources by Region

General Resources

  • National Farm to School Network
  • California Farm to School Network
  • USDA Farm to School
  • California Thursdays
  • Model School Board Resolution in Support of Establishing a Farm-to-School Program
  • California County Farm Bureaus


  • CDFA – Procurement of Locally Grown Produce for Schools (PDF)
  • USDA - Procuring Local Foods for Child Nutrition Programs (PDF)
  • School Food Focus – Geographic Preference (PDF)
  • USDA – Using DoD Fresh to Purchase Local Produce (PDF)
  • CDE – Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program
  • USDA – Geographic Preference (PDF)
  • USDA-Farm-to-School webinar series


  • CDPH Harvest of the Month
  • Ag in the Classroom – Lesson Plans
  • Growing Minds – Farm to School Lesson Plans
  • Life Lab – Curricula and Activity Guides
  • Nourish – Food and Sustainability Curriculum
  • Food for Thought – Nutrition Education for Preschoolers
  • Green Mountain Farm to School – Farm Field Trip Guide (PDF)

School Gardens

  • California School Gardens Network
  • Life Lab – School Gardens Resources
  • The Edible Schoolyard – Resources Page
  • Ag in the Class Room – Linking State Standards to Your School Garden (PDF)
  • American heart Association – Teaching Gardens
  • Green Mountain Farm to School – Guide to Composting in Schools (PDF)
  • Recommendations for Linking Locally Grown Food. School Gardens, and Joint-Use Agreements to School Wellness Policies (PDF)
  • Victory Gardens SD - How to Start and Sustain a School Gardening Program (PDF)


  • USDA Farm to School Grants
  • Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food Grant
  • Ag in the Classroom – Literacy for Life Grant
  • Ag in the Classroom – Look at Agriculture...organically! Grant
  • CDE National School Lunch Program Equipment Assistance Grant
  • Let’s Move – Salad Bars to Schools
  • American Heart Association – Teaching Garden Grants
  • Western Growers Foundation – Garden Grants

Food Safety

Summer Meals Program

  • Find a Summer Meal Service Site near you!
  • USDA’s Summer Meals Toolkit
  • CDE Summer Meals Programs
  • USDA Farm to Summer Fact Sheet (PDF)
  • California Summer Meals Coalition
  • Lunch at the Library

Resources by Region

North State

  • North Coast Opportunities
  • Mendo-Lake Food Hub
  • Gardens Project
  • Sonoma County Food System Alliance
  • Sonoma County Master Gardeners - School Garden Project
  • Sonoma County Farm Bureau
  • Sonoma RCD - Agricultural/Environmental visits for students
  • Farm Trails - connecting community with Sonoma agriculture
  • Chico State - Center for Healthy Communities
  • Winters Farm to School
  • Davis Farm to School
  • North State Distributors
    • ProPacific Fresh
    • General Produce
    • Food4Thought

Bay Area

  • Pacific Coast farmer’s Market Association
  • Edible School Yard – Berkeley
  • Bay Area Distributors
    • Pacific Rim Produce
    • Food4Thought

Central Coast

  • United Way Santa Cruz - Go Health
  • UC Santa Cruz - Center for Agroecology and Sustainable Food Systems
  • Slow Food: San Benito Bounty
  • Central Coast School Food Alliance
  • Central Coast Distributors
    • Watsonville Coast Produce
    • Alba
    • Food 4 Thought

Central Valley

  • Turlock Unified School District – Child Nutrition Services
  • Central Valley Distributors
    • La Rosa and Sons
    • Food 4 Thought

South State

  • Orange County Farm to School Task Force facilitators
  • Occidental Arts and Ecology Center - School Garden Teacher Training
  • Los Angeles Food Policy Council
  • Urban and Environmental Policy Institute
  • South State Distributors
    • Gold Star Foods
    • Family Tree Produce
    • Food 4 Thought
    • Food for Thought Ojai