Farm to School Boot Camp Education
About Our Boot Camps
Illinois Farm to School Boot Camps are a half day of learning, hands-on practice and collaboration to help you expand your knowledge in key areas of farm to school practice, creating a deeper impact as you build your program. Each boot camp is geared towards teams of food service, educators and garden managers.
ISBE Continuing Education Credits are available for food service staff at every Illinois boot camp.
Ways to Learn Through Example and Action
- During kitchen demos learn about easy incorporation of local and garden ingredients into standard menus and in tastings. Learn concise methods and hacks for ease in adding whole, local produce to meal offerings and lunch lines.
- Explore the possibility of incorporating a Fifth Season program to preserve the harvest and create local menus in winter.
- Learn from successful Illinois programs who have accomplished connections in the garden to food service, the classroom and at-risk kids in your school community.
- Locate local foods, discover funding sources and learn to develop community partnerships to create a sustainable program.