Farm to School Boot Camp Education
About the Boot Camp
The Illinois Farm to School Boot Camp was a half day of learning, hands-on practice and collaboration in a professional demonstration kitchen and learning space. The Boot camp was geared towards teams of food service, administration and garden managers.
ISBE Continuing Education Credits are available for food service staff.
Learn Through Example and Action
- Develop knife and processing skills while learning concise methods and hacks for ease in adding whole, local produce to meal offerings and lunch lines.
- Learn from successful Illinois programs how indoor and outdoor garden programs can connect to food service, the classroom and at-risk kids in your school community.
- Learn proven methods to incorporate local and garden foods into meal patterns for k-12, early childhood and boarding facilities.
- Locate local foods, discover funding sources, and learn to develop community partnerships to create a sustainable program.
Farm to School Training Certificate
If you attended an Illinois Farm to School Boot Camp, you are eligible for ISBE Continuing Education Credits for food service staff.
Creating a Farm to School Plan
Creating a plan is important in growing your farm to school program. IFSN has created a guide to help you put together a plan that works for you.
How do I develop a plan to grow Farm to School?
- Register for programming!
- Become familiar with the Farm to School tools available.
- Build a team by connecting to others at your site including garden clubs, cooking staff, science and math educators, and Wellness teams.
- Create a one-two year plan to map out program pieces and growth.
Resources for Planning
Illinois Garden Produce Act
In 2018, the State of Illinois passed the Illinois Garden Produce Act (Public Act 100-0505). This Act states:
“School-grown produce. A school district may serve students produce grown and harvested by students in school-owned facilities utilizing hydroponics or aeroponics or in school-owned or community gardens if the soil and compost in which the produce is grown meets the standards adopted in 35 Ill. Adm. Code 830.503, if applicable, and the produce is served in accordance with the standards adopted in 77 Ill. Adm. Code 750.”
IFSN Boot Camps provide you with hands on kitchen demonstrations that help you develop knife and processing skills while learning concise methods and hacks for ease in adding whole, local produce to meal offerings and lunch lines.
Boot Camp Presentations
Learn farm to school program tips with these presentations from the Northern Illinois Farm to School Boot Camp (May 17, 2019).