Our Farm to School Academy offers innovative solutions for increasing children’s consumption of fresh, local food. We guide school nutrition professionals and administrators through a customized process designed to bring more local and school garden-grown produce into their school for meals, snacks and parties.
With the Farm to School Academy, schools in the Kansas City metro area can:
The Farm to School Academy engages school staff and faculty, district stakeholders, parents and students in activities that increase awareness of our local food system and generate excitement about the possibilities of bringing fresher, local food to schools.
Students sample fresh local foods prepared in exciting new ways. “Tasting Local” events feature seasonal produce that students enjoy, and say they would like to eat in the cafeteria. Request a Tasting
Kids get creative and show us how they would make a healthy lunch that meets nutritional guidelines similar to those required of cafeteria meals. Contest runs September 15 through November 30 and is open to third- through eighth-graders in Wyandotte and Johnson counties in Kansas and Cass, Clay, Jackson and Platte counties in Missouri. Get Details
Food Service Coalition
District administrators and food service directors as well as suppliers and community partners are invited to these quarterly meetings to learn how to get the most out of their participation in the Farm to School Academy and to share ideas and advice based on their experience with the program. Directors will learn best practices for procuring locally grown foods and planning menus according to seasonal availability.
Garden to Cafeteria Safe Sourcing Protocol
This tool helps farm to school advocates and school staff work together to make sure garden-grown produce is safely handled and processed in a way that it can be easily used by cooks in the cafeteria. It includes:
The documents are available to schools enrolled in the Farm to School Academy.
Interested? Let us know! Contact Rachael McGinnis Millsap at 816-523-5353 or send her an email at email@example.com.
Farm to School Academy is proud to be a Core Partner of the National Farm to School Network for the state of Kansas.