Farm to School

“CAFF’s Farm to School program reconnects children with local food and agriculture in the classroom, on the farm, and in the cafeteria.”

What is Farm to School?
Farm to School Programs connect farms with school cafeterias and classrooms. These programs can include everything from farm field trips to nutrition education in the school gardens to farm-fresh salad bars. Farm to School programs come in all shapes and sizes, but they fall into two main categories: Farm to School Education and Produce Distribution. A comprehensive Farm to School program combines both elements: Fresh, locally grown produce appears on the school menu, while students learn about local agriculture.

CAFF’s Farm to School Program

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CAFF is proud to be a FoodCorps Host Site along with Life Lab. (Host Sites direct the FoodCorps program across their whole state, usually through a network of Service Sites.)  CAFF and Life Lab are also active members of California’s Farm to School Taskforce, a diverse group of stakeholders working to support Farm to School efforts across the state of California.

Since 2001, the Community Alliance with Family Farmers (CAFF) has spearheaded Farm to School projects across California. Our Farm to School Program has developed and coordinated on-the-ground projects connecting schools and schoolchildren to their local farming communities, while also creating resources, workshops and materials that help further the Farm to School movement in California. CAFF runs Farm to School programs on the Central Coast, in the Bay Area and in Humboldt County.

Click here for a list of the schools and districts we are currently working with. Download CAFF’s Farm to School brochure.

Get involved! Write to farmtoschool@caff.org for information on how to bring Farm to School to your district, or how to make a donation to help CAFF grow its programs. Want to intern or volunteer with farm to school?  Visit our volunteer blog or email us at volunteer@caff.org to see how you could help plant a seed of change in California classrooms!