For Farmers & Producers
Farm to School Overview
Why market your products to schools?
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Finding Schools & Early Care Sites
It can be difficult to figure out which school districts or early care providers to reach out to. We suggest starting local first: do you have personal connections to a school or daycare? Reaching out to a site where you know a teacher or child can be a great entry point. Otherwise, use the tools below to expand your search.
Building Relationships with Schools
If you’ve found a school you’re interested in working with, be sure to clearly communicate your offerings and services upfront. Be prepared to share:
It’s also important to ask for detailed information from the school district or early care site. Information to collect from schools & early care providers:
If you can provide on farm learning experiences in the form of field trips or virtual learning you will add value to your relationship with schools and early childhood customers. Check out these guides to creating a field trip and education program on your farm:
Food Safety for Farm to School
School nutrition directors are responsible for providing safe meals for children. Use the tools below to communicate with them about the practices you follow on your farm to keep products free from pathogens and safe for consumption.
Explore Logistical Options
If meeting volume or delivering product is a concern, you may want to look into joining a local farmer cooperative or food hub. If you have GAP food safety certification, a produce or broadline distributor may also help you deliver to multiple sites or districts. Check out the resources below to explore the ways you might connect to these logistical resources.
Tell Your Story
Farm to school is not just about selling more product–it’s about educating the next generation about where their food comes from and building relationships across the community. Share photos and videos from your farm, invite students for farm field trips, and arrange visits to the school during the off-season.