NW Regional Farm-to-School Guide

Welcome!

This 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. The Guide is a companion to the Local Food Directory for Schools in Northwest WA, and both documents include additional resources for schools seeking to access regionally-grown produce.

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What is in this guide?

The “Go-To” Essentials

  • National Farm-to-School Network
  • USDA F2S Planning Toolkit
  • The Lunch Box
  • Center for Ecoliteracy
  • Life Lab
  • Washington State Dept. of Agriculture F2S
  • Washington Sustainable Food and Farming Network

F2S Programs in the Northwest Region

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

Best Practices for the Whole School

Best Practices for the Whole School

  • Wellness Policies
  • Recess Before Lunch
  • Breakfast After the Bell
  • Healthy Lunchroom Design

Food Education & Curriculum Resources

Food Education & Curriculum Resources

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

Tools for the Cafeteria

Tools for the Cafeteria

  • Menu Development
  • Food Safety
  • Food Service Staff Training
  • Building your Program
  • Evaluating
  • Marketing
  • Funding

Preventing Hunger

Preventing Hunger

  • Free/Reduced Lunch Program
  • Summer Meals
  • School Pantry Programs
  • School Food Drives

Buying Local

  • Food Hubs
  • Directories
  • Harvest Schedules
  • Purchasing and Procurement
  • “Fifth Season”