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

Two to Five Year Planning Document, IFSN

This planning document helps you create short and long term goals for your farm to school program.

Farm to School Planning Toolkit, USDA Office of Community Food Systems

This comprehensive toolkit helps sites build a team, establish a vision, and develop a strategy for implementing and evaluating their farm to school programming.

Evaluation for Transformation, National Farm to School Network

We recommend building a strategy to measure the impact that your farm to school activities have on food producers, health, education, and the environment. This evaluation guide will give you common language, guidelines, and metrics to build and assess your local food sourcing and gardening efforts.

Farm to School Planning Toolkit, VT FEED

Vermont FEED (Food Education Every Day) developed a Farm to School Rubric, Action Planning Template, Impact & Feasibility Analysis Tool, and Media Kit to help farm to school teams create sustainable and beneficial programs.