Parents and other volunteers are crucial to the success of any farm to school program. They can serve a taste test, help care for a school garden over the summer, and express their support for farm to school to the school board. Find ways to be involved and support a program below.
- National Farm to School Website: With over 2,000 districts in all 50 states implementing farm to school, there are many model programs to check out. Get ideas here from what other states are doing.
- Organize a Farm to School Meeting: Not sure how to get your farm to school program off the ground? This template provides a list of key stakeholders, helpful tips, and a sample agenda. If you’ve ever wanted to rally the troops around farm to school, this will help guide your meeting to make it effective and efficient, and to ensure that you have all the relevant stakeholders present.
- A Guide for Farm to School Community Action Plan: This how-to guide allows parents, teachers, and community members to jump into the school garden world no matter what stage their garden is in. It provides steps for planning meetings and spreading the word about your program. This guide can be tailored to fit your school garden needs. Developed by Vermont FEED.
- Farm to School and Educational Garden Programs Guide: This resource guide, created by Georgia Organics and PLACE, provides tips on how to get started, suggested classroom readings, garden themes, sample kid-friendly recipes and tips on growing and maintaining a school garden.
- Top Ten Reasons to Buy Local: This document offers consumers with incentives and motivations to buy local produce. Click here to see reasons to buy organic.
- USDA Farm to School: This online resource was formed to assist schools in starting or expanding their farm to school activities; assist in the communication between farmers and schools; share information about Farm to School activities across the Nation; and keep you informed of the legislative and regulatory changes that influence Farm to School activities.