2017 Edition NW Regional Farm-to-School Guide


Northwest Regional F2S GuideThis 2017 Edition of the Northwest Regional Farm to School Guide is loaded with valuable information for schools in Island, San Juan, Skagit, and Whatcom counties that are making farm to school work. This guide is for parents, teachers, administrators, food service staff, school board members, and community organizations. It will help you connect with others who are committed to the same vision – the health of our kids and our communities.

What is “farm to school”?

For kids to be healthy, they need to be eating healthy food. Our region grows some of the healthiest food around and we want kids and their families to be eating more of that fresh, wholesome, delicious food every day. Farm to school is about ensuring that kids have access to healthy food, and are exposed to consistent, meaningful food education. With staggering rates of hunger, childhood diabetes, and obesity, the time has come to change the way we think about food and what we teach our children to eat. What we feed our kids matters!

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What is in this guide?

The “Go-To” Essentials

  • National Farm to School Resources
  • Washington State Resources

Promoting Healthy Eating at School

  • Wellness Policies
  • The Cafeteria Environment
  • Healthy Lunchroom Design
  • Time to Eat
  • Food Served at Schools Outside of Mealtimes
  • Reducing Food Waste & Waste Management

Tools for the Food Service Program

Tools for the Food Service Program

  • Menu Development
  • Food Safety
  • Food Service Staff Training

Building Your F2S Program

Building Your F2S Program

  • Marketing Your Program
  • Funding Your Program
  • Evaluating Your Program

Food Education & Curriculum Resources

Food Education & Curriculum Resources

  • Harvest of the Month
  • Taste Tests
  • School Gardens
  • Curriculum Resources
  • Farm Field Trips
  • Nutrition Education

Addressing Childhood Hunger

Addressing Childhood Hunger

  • Free/Reduced Lunch Program
  • Summer Meals
  • School Snack and Dinner Programs
  • School Pantry Programs
  • How to Run a Food Drive
  • Food Access Resources

Buying Local

  • Food Hubs
  • Local Food Directories
  • Harvest Schedules
  • Food Procurement
  • “Fifth Season”

F2S Programs in Northwest Region – Get Connected

  • Island County
  • San Juan County
  • Skagit County
  • Whatcom County