USDA Food & Nutrition Service provides resources for child nutrition program operators to incorporate local foods into their day to day operations. While many were developed with K-12 schools in mind, much of the information is equally relevant to early childcare facilities and summer feeding programs.
A cross-disciplinary team of Extension associates, Cornell Cooperative Extension (CCE) educators, and partners from NYS agencies work together to create better cohesion of farm to school programming across the state.
On an annual basis, USDA awards up to $5 million in competitive grants for training, supporting operations, planning, purchasing equipment, developing school gardens, developing partnerships, and implementing farm to school programs.
Getting Started with Farm to School and Early Childhood
Check out National Farm to School for how to get started on the right foot - building a team of key partners. Download Getting Started with Farm to School, Getting Started with Farm to Early Care and Education, and Starting a School Garden.