Building your Program
Evaluating your Program
- Evaluation for Transformation: A Cross Sectoral Evaluation Framework for Farm to School is a tool developed by the National Farm to School Network which offers common language, guidelines and metrics to evaluate the impact of farm to school. The framework is organized around four key sectors – public health, community economic development, education, and environmental quality.
- Colorado’s Farm to School Evaluation Toolkit by the Colorado Farm to School Task Force and the Spark Policy Institute provides clear, easy instructions on how to implement an evaluation of farm to school activities. The toolkit contains many resources for selecting outcomes and measurement tools to evaluate student, community, food service, producer, parent, school leadership, and community impacts. It includes a five-part webinar series as well as written materials.
- Bearing Fruit: Farm to School Program Evaluation Resources and Recommendations by the Urban and Environmental Policy Institute: This comprehensive resource introduces readers to different types of farm to school evaluations, and the tools and resources available for measuring programs’ impacts.
- Evaluation of the Davis Farm to School Program by the University of California Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education Program at Davis: A great example of an in-depth evaluation of four farm to school related goals:
- increase farm fresh food in school offerings
- reduce solid waste through a comprehensive district recycling program
- provide education opportunities to promote a healthy lifestyle and develop the whole child
- engage the community and evaluate programs to provide information to the community.
- Farm to School Evaluation Toolkit by the National Farm to School Network and the University of North Carolina: A collection of survey instruments and other evaluation tools aimed at assessing several different farm to school-related outcomes.
Marketing your Program
- Elementary School Lunch Menu (for parents) from Berkeley Unified School District: Beautiful monthly menus that include a letter home to parents, the district’s wellness policy, recipes, and more.
- Farmer Trading Cards from the Massachusetts Farm to School Project: Reminiscent of baseball cards, these farmer trading cards provide stats on local producers who provide food for school meals.
- Local Food is Good Food Poster from the Massachusetts Farm to School Project: A fun, colorful poster that features local food and local farmers.
- Menus, Calendars, and Recipes from Minneapolis Public Schools: These attractive and information-rich resources are a great example of how beautiful design and clever marketing can make healthful, local foods seem even more appealing!
Funding your Program
- Action for Healthy Kids – School Grants for Healthy Kids: Lists funding resources to implement health and wellness activities in schools.
- Farm to School and School Garden Expenses: Memo SP 06-2015 – This November, 2014 memo clarifies that funds from the nonprofit school food service account can be used for many school garden and farm to school expenses as long as the activities are supporting the school meal programs.
- Let’s Move Salad Bars to Schools Grants – Let’s Move Salad Bars to Schools is a comprehensive grassroots public health initiative to mobilize and engage stakeholders at the local, state and national level to support and fund salad bars in schools.
- National Farm to School Network “Funding Farm to School” Fact Sheet: Tips for acquiring funds for your farm to school program through grants, donations, and special events.
- USDA Grants, Loans, and Support – USDA Know Your Farmer Know Your Food Initiative: This webpage lists over two dozen programs at USDA that can help build local and regional food systems.
- A+ Fundraisers for High Schools: A guide to having a successful fundraiser while keeping your community healthy – New York City Healthy High Schools Initiative: This thorough guide presents lots of ideas for healthy, junk food-free fundraisers such as family dinner events, flea markets, fitness-based fundraisers, plant sales, and more. Resources, pricing and profit information, tips, and steps are provided for each idea.
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