Want to Grow Farm to School? Start Here
The Kansas Rural Center is pleased to help grow Farm to School initiatives around our state.
- National Farm to School Network: Before Farm-to-School was cool, KRC served as the lead organization in Kansas for the National Farm-to-School Network, with KRC staff participating in national trainings and organizational activities. In 2012, KRC was pleased to work with the Kansas Department of Education to further farm-to-school in the state of Kansas, eventually transitioning that leadership to the child nutrition division of KDE.
- Kansas Department of Education Child Nutrition: See the KDE resource page for Farm to School info and resources. For more information, Barb Depew, farm to school coordinator for KDE, welcomes inquires, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 785-456-7388.
- Minnesota Guide: We also recommend a guide from Minnesota for school personnel who are thinking about getting started working with local farms, “On-Farm Food Safety Information for School Personnel.”
- One of our “Healthy Farms, Healthy People” partner organizations, the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy, provides the comprehensive guide “Frozen Local: Strategies for Freezing Locally Grown Produce for the K-12 Marketplace.”
- Farm Food Safety Checklist: As part of the Our Local Food program, the Kansas Rural Center worked with local school personnel, farms and the Kansas State Department of Education to create this simple checklist. The checklist is intended to assist personnel in achieving their food safety objectives, while allowing farms to demonstrate safe food-handling practices.