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Farm to School

Updated October 19, 2022

Anna Barr

SDSU Extension Farm to School Nutrition Field Specialist

As stated by the National Farm to School Network, farm-to-school enriches the connection communities have with fresh, healthy food and local food producers by changing food purchasing and education practices at schools and early care and education settings. 

Farm to school programs include one or more of three core elements: 1) local food procurement, 2) school or youth gardens and 3) education. Learn more about What is Farm to School and Early Care and Education and Benefits of Farm to School and Early Care and Education.

Featured Resources

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South Dakota Farm to School Resource Guide

South Dakota's resource guide for starting a Farm to School

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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) About Serving Bison and Beef in USDA Child Nutrition Programs in South Dakota

This FAQ document provides responses to commonly asked questions about serving beef and bison in South Dakota Child Nutrition Program (CNP) meals and snacks.

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Grow Getters: Garden-Based Education for Preschool-3rd Grades

The “Grow Getters” series consists of lessons and resources to engage youth and families in hands-on, at-home activities related to gardening—even without a garden!

Upcoming Events

Gardener planting a tomato transplant up to its first set of leaves.
Jan 18

Bringing the Farm to School: Producer Training @ Brookings

SDSU Extension along with its project partners will offer Bringing the Farm to School: Producer Training in Brookings, South Dakota January 18-19.

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Feb 14

Bringing the Farm to School: Producer Training @ Rapid City

SDSU Extension along with its project partners will offer Bringing the Farm to School: Producer Training in Rapid City, South Dakota February 14-15.

Related Topics

Daycare, School Nutrition