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Farm Fresh Spotlight Stories

Charter School Students Help Seeds Become Plants, Food and Soil

Not Your Ordinary School (NYOS) has developed a farm to school gardening program that lives up to the Austin charter school’s name … it is anything but ordinary.

Read the full story here

Commissioner Miler Joins Preschool Students to Plant Salsa Garden and Promote Good Nutrition

Commissioner Sid Miller joined students at Mainspring Schools in Austin to plant a salsa garden full of jalapeños and tomatoes. Commissioner Miller is working to promote healthy living and the importance of teaching good nutrition at an early age. “Teaching our children early in life to eat healthy is vitally important,” Commissioner Miller said. “In doing so, we are giving our children the best chance to live healthy and successful lives, and turn the tide on our obesity epidemic. Just as we think about teaching children letters and numbers, it’s essential we educate them on healthy eating habits.”

Read more and watch the video here.



Farm to School
 

Summer is the perfect time to plan farm to school activities for the upcoming school year. TDA’s Farm to School website is full of resources that make it easy to start planning today.

Produce Availability: lists the fruits and vegetables that are in season each month

Tools for Schools: includes tips to get farm to school started, plan menus and procure foods

Tools for Producers: provides a guide for producers who want to sell products directly to schools

Tools for Communities: offers tips on how local stakeholders can get involved

Funding support for farm to school: lists federal and state funding opportunities along with links and additional information

Spotlight Stories: highlights successful farm to school projects in Texas



Farm to Child Care

New USDA Website and Guidance
 
USDA has posted guidance and resources on the new USDA Farm to Preschool website. Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) sites and sponsors will find resources for incorporating local foods and using related activities in their programs.

The Local Foods in CACFP Policy Memo is also on the website and it encourages program administrators and partners to enhance CACFP operations and environment by incorporating more local foods.

Resource Spotlight

Videos Support Gardening with Preschoolers

Georgia Farm to Preschool has created a series of short videos including Building a Garden for Preschoolers and Using the Garden as an Educational Tool. The videos provide valuable inspiration for your preschool garden plans.

Visit Georgia Organics’ website for more videos and other resources on curricula, cooking with kids, and local food procurement.



Farm to Summer Site

Farm to site activities for Summer Food Service Program and Seamless Summer Option program operators include using locally sourced ingredients in meals and snacks, creating garden-based learning environments, adding nutrition education to enrichment activities, and connecting children with local farmers and ranchers. Summer is an ideal time to offer local, seasonal fruits and vegetables during their peak growing season to ensure that children learn the benefits of enjoying foods that are fresh and tasty.

Resource Spotlight

New Farm to Summer Site Online Toolkit Available

TDA has developed an online toolkit to provide information and sample models of how sites participating in the summer meal programs can purchase local products and incorporate nutrition and agriculture into enrichment activities. The toolkit also provides information for Texas agricultural producers interested in getting involved with local farm to summer site initiatives.

Access the toolkit today and start connecting local summer meal programs to local agriculture!

Contact TDA

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

Connect with Others

Texas Farm Fresh Statewide Network
(LinkedIn Group) 

This LinkedIn Group is intended to connect schools, child care centers, summer meal program participants, producers, support organizations & community members interested in expanding local food purchasing & educational efforts.

Join Today!

Grant Opportunities

Food & Nutrition related grants

TDA Grants

USDA Grants


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