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Commissioner Miller launches new statewide initiative to raise awareness and participation in Farm to School!

Farm Fresh Fridays offers a way to help students develop connections to local food, farmers and ranchers while adding local flavor to school menus and teaching students about Texas agriculture.

Watch this video to learn more about Farm Fresh Fridays.

Celebrating Farm Fresh Fridays 

Schools can turn Fridays into Farm Fresh Fridays to create new excitement and appreciation for Texas products. Also, Farm Fresh Fridays will highlight existing efforts to incorporate local products into school meals and provide an opportunity to engage entire communities in Texas agriculture.

How to get Farm Fresh Fridays at your school?

Take the Local Products Challenge!
TDA is challenging schools to incorporate more Texas products into cafeteria meals served during the month of October.

Local Products Challenge participants will receive Farm Fresh Fridays materials to help with celebrations:
• student incentive stickers
• buttons for team members to wear and show their support for Texas products
• static clings to identify local products on the cafeteria line

Texas schools still have time to participate in this year’s Local Products Challenge. Registration details here. 

Plan a Farm Fresh Fridays event.
Farm Fresh Fridays offers a great way for schools to add farm to school activities and celebrate Texas agriculture with special events that educate students about local food.

Download activity inspirations and plan your Farm Fresh Fridays celebration!

National School Lunch Week (NSLW)
Make Texas the star of your NSLW celebration, Oct. 12-16. You can use TDA's theme Discover the Great Plate of Texas with a Healthy Lunch to support your celebration while helping students learn more about local products.

TDA has prepared an online toolkit to help with NSLW celebrations. The toolkit includes:
• a weeklong menu featuring Texas grown foods
• suggested morning announcements
• October menu calendar template

Learn more about NSLW in Texas and download available resources here.

Plan your activity. (and share with TDA)
TDA wants to spotlight schools' efforts to add local ingredients to menus and teach students about Texas agriculture.

Share your story by sending an email to

Contact TDA

Alyssa Herold
Coordinator for Farm Fresh Initiatives

Emilee Feldhausen
Farm Fresh Specialist

Email: LocalProducts.SquareMeals@

Toll Free: (877) TEX-MEAL

Connect with Others

Texas Statewide Network

This LinkedIn Group is an online network connecting schools, child and adult care centers, producers, support organizations and community members with important information about expanding local food efforts in Texas.

Join Today!

Funding Opportunities

Financial support from organizations may help establish or advance local Farm Fresh initiatives.
Go here for a list of opportunities from TDA, USDA and other organizations.

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