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Farm to School Funding Opportunities
There is still time to apply!

USDA Farm to School Grant Program

Training grants

letter of intent due April 30

Planning, Implementation and Support Service grants
application due May 20

USDA is now accepting applications for the Fiscal Year 2016 round of Farm to School grants. These grants help new farm to school programs get started, expand existing efforts and facilitate stronger connections between local and regional producers and school cafeterias.

The grant Request for Application, information about the grant categories of funding and sample applications can be found on USDA’s Farm to School Grant Program Web page.

2015 Expanding 3E's Nutrition Grant Program
Deadline: April 28, 2015

TDA is accepting applications for the Expanding the 3E’s Grant Program. Applications will be accepted from any public school campus.

Grant funds may be used to supplement or extend a 
coordinated health program or 
farm to school educational activities.

Farm to school activities include, but are not limited to:
(a) garden-based activities,
(b) agriculture and nutrition education classroom lessons; or 
(c) other experiential learning opportunities teaching students about Texas agriculture.

For more information and to access the application, go

USDA National Farm to School Census

USDA is currently conducting the second national farm to school census. The survey is collecting information about schools’ farm to school activities during school year 2013-2014. Information is requested related to local food purchases, garden-based learning and nutrition and agriculture educational lessons.

Invitations for the census have been sent directly to Texas School Nutrition Directors. If you received an invitation to complete the survey, please do so before May 28, 2015. If you are a support organization working with a local school, please encourage partners to complete the survey.

Farm to School News 

The 2016 National Farm to Cafeteria Conference will be hosted in Madison, WI, June 2- 4! 

This conference is the perfect opportunity to connect with others working on farm to school, child and summer activities from around the nation. 

The tentative schedule is: 
Thursday, June 2 - Field trips and short courses 
Friday, June 3 and Saturday June 4 - Full conference days 

More information to come, and in the meantime, please mark your calendars and save the dates! Learn more about previous conferences here

Hope to see you in Madison!

Funding Opportunities

2015 Healthy Kids, Healthy Families Grants
Deadline: April 19, 2015

The Health Care Service Corporation is offering Healthy Kids, Healthy Families Grants. Organizations that have a goal of improving the health and wellness of children and their families through nutrition, physical activity, disease prevention and management, or supporting safe environments, are invited to apply. There are no specific amounts listed for awards, and applicants should present responsible budgets that can reasonably support the projects proposed. 

For more information and to access the application, go here.

Local Food Promotion Grant Program
Deadline: May 14, 2015

This grant program supports the development and expansion of local and regional food business enterprises, to increase access to locally and regionally produced agricultural products and to develop new market opportunities for farm and ranch operations serving local markets. Eligible entities may apply if they support business enterprises that process, distribute, aggregate, or store locally or regionally produced food products.

Learn more about the grant and previously funded farm to school project examples here.

2015 Healthy School Heros: Nominations Option
Rolling Deadline

Consider nominating a school or organization for the Healthy School Hero Award. This recognition goes to schools doing exceptional work to improve nutritional learning and physical activity for kids. Nominations are now being accepted and winners will be announced in spring 2016.

Learn more here.

Farm to School Resource Spotlight

Local Procurement Decision Tree

USDA has released a resource that offers a series of yes/no questions to help identify the appropriate procurement method to use when buying local. The tool also offers tips for how to source local items. Download a copy of the decision tree today.

Food Safety Tips for School Gardens

The National Food Service Management Institute has recently released an updated Food Safety for School Gardens fact sheet, which supports school food service personnel in safely serving school garden produce in the cafeteria. Be sure to check out this handy information!

Farm to School Spotlight Story

Community Unites to Install Vegetable Gardens at
Elgin ISD Elementary Campus

Last Fall, with the help from United Natural Foods, Inc. volunteers and donations from Organics by Gosh, Bloomers Nursery of Elgin, and San Gabriel Valley Farms, Neidig Elementary first graders had the opportunity to learn gardening basics, as well as eat fresh produce they otherwise may not have been exposed to.

Read the full story here.


Contact TDA

Alyssa Herold
Farm to School Program Specialist
Direct: (512) 463-1209
Toll Free: (877) TEX-MEAL

Connect with Others

Texas Statewide Farm to School Network
(LinkedIn Group) 

This LinkedIn Group is an online network connecting schools, producers, support organizations and community members with important information about expanding farm to school efforts in Texas.

Join Today!

Grant Opportunities

Food & Nutrition related grants

TDA Grants

USDA Grants

Upcoming Webinars

USDA Growing Roots in Farm to School Webinar Series

USDA Farm to School staff and guest speakers have just what you need to start or expand your farm to school program in the new year. This 11-part webinar series will help you build your farm to school skills and develop new strategies for bringing local foods into the lunchroom.

Go here to see the full schedule.

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