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.