MARKETING AND DEVELOPMENT
Virginia Farm to School Program Coordinator
The Virginia Farm to School program is an effort to increase the amount of fresh and nutritious Virginia Grown products offered in schools and to promote opportunities for schools and local farmers to work together.
Taking Root Farm Tours for School Nutrition Professionals and Educators. A selection of Farms throughout the state will open their doors to welcome School Professionals in May and June 2013 to learn more about Agriculture. Tours will be an opportunity to learn about Virginia grown products, production practices and the opportunity to source more fresh Virginia Grown Products on school menus.
Farm to School Grant Program FY 2014 – USDA is soliciting applications for three types of Farm to School grants: Planning Grants, Implementation Grants and Support Service Grants. Proposals are due April 24, 2013. A 25% cash or in-kind match is required.
Virginia Farm to School Survey Summary Update
The Virginia Farm to School Program Survey was completed in 2011 by Virginia Tech. This survey was a collaborative effort between Virginia Tech, the Virginia Department of Education, and the Virginia Department of Agriculture & Consumer Services. The online questionnaire was sent to 138 school nutrition directors throughout Virginia. When asked what steps they had taken to include local food in their school division, the number one response was “served meals featuring local foods” (85.9%).
Virginia Farm to School goes National.
Click here to see a video segment from America's Heartland, a nationally syndicated PBS show featuring Harrisonburg’s Farm to School program.