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South Dakota Farm to School Resource Guide

Updated October 18, 2021

Jason Schoch

SDSU Extension Tribal Local Foods Associate

Written collaboratively by SDSU Extension, Dakota Rural Action, South Dakota Department of Education and United States Department of Agriculture Food & Nutrition Service

Defining Farm to School

Farm to school can enrich the connection communities have with fresh, healthy food and local food producers by changing food purchasing and education practices at schools and education settings. Farm to school implementation differs by location but always includes one or more of the following three core elements: (1) Local Foods Procurement: (2) In-Class Education; and (3) School/Youth Gardens. Students engage in hands-on learning through gardening. Farm to school empowers children and their families to make informed food choices while strengthening the local economy and contributing to vibrant communities (National Farm to School Network, 2018).