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Food Service Facts, Chapter 32, Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program contains resources including Food Safety Fact Sheets, Kansas Fruits and Veggies Facts and Best Practices for Handling Fresh Produce in Schools.
 
USDA, Farm to School Website. The website provides current information on procurement policies, resources, grants, webinars, success stories, best practices, and implementation tools.
 
Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food. A USDA-wide effort to carry out President Obama's commitment to strengthening local and regional food systems.
 

National Farm to School Network. Supports the work of local Farm to School programs all over the country by providing free training and technical assistance, information services, networking, and support for policy, media and marketing activities.

 

K-State Research and Extension. Resources including a Personnel Directory at the map to ‘click on local contact’. There is a presence in every county.  Click on the map to locate your area office. There are monthly activities or ‘chores’ listed for gardening vegetables and fruits. Click on the monthly timely tips in the lawn and garden section. The KS Healthy Yard videos can provide a quick garden and nutrition lesson for students/gardeners.   

 

Kansas Green Schools. This website has gardening tips, locations of green schools, a gardening curriculum (Garden Gate link) and a list of school garden workshops and grants.

 

Farmers Market. Search by city, county or region in Kansas to find a farmer’s market near you.  Upcoming events, events calendar and seasonal recipes are also found here!

 
Kansas Vegetable Growers Association. The members of Kansas Vegetable Growers Association are Individuals or firms directly associated with vegetable research, production or marketing. Individual contact information with products grown and area of interest are available on their website.
 

Kids a Cookin' website. This website offers recipes to make with students.  Just enter the vegetable or fruit you are using and search for a recipe.  Cooking tips, terms and lessons are included with each video.

 
Kansas Rural Center, Inc. (KRS). KRC is a non-profit organization that promotes long-term health of the land and its people through research, education, and advocacy.  Local events and opportunities to connect with local farmers can be found on their website. Kansas farms and farmers markets look to attract more customers with fresh fruits and vegetables this summer thanks to KRC's "Savor the Season" Program. It features a variety of materials, recipes, and grower training information about 10 feature crops for the year.
 

Our Local Food. Find a chapter in Kansas and receive information on membership, area farmers and farmer’s markets.

 

Good Natured Family Farms'. Protects Kansas City's natural resources by producing food with no pesticides, no growth hormones and no sub therapeutic antibiotics.  It's food that is good for us and good for the earth.

 
Growing Lawrence is a Lawrence, Kansas based organization whose purpose is to provide coordination for cooperation among producers in the Lawrence area. They advise Kansas State University Research and Extension personnel or other agencies of projects and programs necessary to serve producers and solve problems relating to horticultural production. They encourage consumer awareness and provide producers education opportunities throughout the year.
 
Southwest Dairy Farmers Mobile Dairy Classroom. Teaching kids about the dairy industry is one of our priorities. The Mobile Dairy Classroom is a traveling milking parlor featuring a live cow and an oral presentation.  A trained instructor will talk about the nutritional aspect of milk, demonstrate the modern milking process, describe how milk goes from the farm to the consumer, and then answer questions from the audience. This is an innovative program that brings the dairy experience directly to children. At schools, students and teachers share an experience that includes math, science, health (nutrition), and agriculture, all presented in an outdoor classroom format.  The mobile dairy classroom is FREE of charge courtesy of the Southwest Dairy Farmers. Visit their website at www.southwestdairyfarmers.com.
 
Other states have developed resources, tips and tools for Farm to School projects.  Check out the links below.
     Missouri - Farm to School
     Nebraska - Local Foods Network
     Oklahoma - Farm to School

 

 
 
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