Bringing the Farm to School

A Training Program for Agricultural Producers

In 2019, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) established a three-year cooperative agreement with the National Center for Appropriate Technology (NCAT) and the National Farm to School Network (NFSN) to develop a farm to school training program for agricultural producers.

Program Goal: To give agricultural producers training and tools to build their capacity to launch or grow efforts to market to schools, therefore increasing sales to schools for farmers while expanding farm to school activities for students in schools and communities across the nation.

Using a tiered, train-the-trainer model, the Bringing the Farm to School training program prepares State agencies and other representatives with the knowledge, resources and skills necessary to offer trainings to local producers in their states. Learn more in our one-pager overview, and find details more below.

Happening Now: Regional Facilitator Workshops

Bringing the Farm to School is entering Phase 3 of our program: Regional Facilitator Workshops. Regional Facilitator Workshops are designed to equip state teams with the know-how and resources to plan and present the Bringing the Farm to School training program to producers in their state.

Who Should Attend? The Regional Facilitator Workshop is open to any State agency representatives, Agricultural Extension Educators or Agents, producer support organization staff, and state farm to school representatives interested in being a part of the state “Training Team” that will plan and execute Producer Trainings. Following the training, attendees will solidify these state Training Teams and work together to plan Producer Trainings in their state. Some states may already have Training Teams identified prior to the Regional Facilitator Workshop. Training Teams should include representatives across sectors and with diverse areas of knowledge and experience, including but not limited to child nutrition program procurement, farm planning, and producer training.

Contact Information: For support in building your training team or to find out if attending this Workshop is right for you, contact Tomas Delgado, NFSN Program Manager, at tomas@farmtoschool.org or Tammy Howard, NCAT Agricultural Specialist, at tammyh@ncat.org.

When and Where* (Find your FNS Region here)
Midwest Regional Facilitator Workshop: April 26-29, 12:30-4:30 CT, Virtual Registration closed.
Southeast Regional Facilitator Workshop: May 24-27, 12:30-4:30 ET, Virtual Registration closed.
Southwest Regional Facilitator Workshop: July 12-15, 12:30-4:30 CT, Virtual  – Registration closed.
West Regional Facilitator Workshop: August 9-12, 12:30-4:30 PT, Virtual – Registration closed.
Northeast Regional Facilitator Workshop: September 27-30, 12:30-4:30pm ET – Register here.
Mountain Plains Regional Facilitator Workshop: October 25-28, 12:30-4:30pm CT – Register here.
Mid-Atlantic Regional Facilitator Workshop: December 6-9, 12:30-4:30pm ET, Virtual

Preparation and review materials will be sent (via email and postal mail) to registered participants a week prior to their scheduled workshop.

Live Workshop with Seth Wilner: "Helping Producers Learn Through Active Education Methods"
September 8, 11am CT
In this live webinar and workshop, Seth Wilner, will present some of the core adult education principles that have helped him in his work teaching farmers. The focus will be on giving you tools so you can help your participants learn. Register here!

Explore the Training Materials

Resources for Facilitators

Bringing the Farm to School offers facilitators multiple resources that can be used to plan and implement your Local Producer Training, which uses the Agricultural Producers' Toolkit curriculum. Click below to explore these resources.

Resources for Producers

Bringing the Farm to School offers agricultural producers a trining curriculum, skill-building activities and other resources to expand marketing efforts to schools. These are offered through Local Producer Trainings. Click below to learn more.

Case Studies

Bringing the Farm to School includes numerous case studies (in written, video and podcast format) that highlight how farmers have applied key concepts on their own farms or business operations. Click below to explore these case studies.

Learn More About Bringing the Farm to School

This Bringing the Farm to School: Agricultural Producers' Toolkit workbook is to be used by producers during the Bringing the Farm to School: Local Producer Training. It is intended to be used in conjunction with the curriculum slide decks, to support producers in following along with and relating content back to their farm or operation. This workbook can be customize by choosing which worksheets best fit your audience and time allowance.

The program includes four phases:

  • Needs Assessment - see highlights from the needs assessment, which informed the development of curriculum, here.
  • Curriculum Development - the curriculum is called the Agricultural Producers' Toolkit. {Coming Soon}
  • Regional Facilitator Workshops - facilitators will gather together regionally to learn how to use the curriculum in their states.
  • Local Producer Trainings - producers will receive training from local facilitators on the Agricultural Producers' Toolkit.

Program Partners

Bringing the Farm to School program partners include

  • New York University, and
  • An Advisory Council, which includes: Center for Integrated Agricultural Systems - Wisconsin ; Community Alliance with Family Farmers; Cornell College of Agriculture and Life Science; Farmer Veteran Coalition; Georgia Organics; Intertribal Agriculture Council; Michigan State University; National Farmers Union Foundation; National Young Farmers Coalition; North Dakota Department of Public Instruction; State of Washington Department of Agriculture; and, Western Montana Growers Cooperative.

Have Questions?

Contact Tomas Delgado, NFSN Program Manager, tomas@farmtoschool.org, or Tammy Howard, NCAT Agricultural Specialist, tammyh@ncat.org.

This project has been funded in part by federal funds from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Food and Nutrition Service through an agreement with the National Center for Appropriate Technology in partnership with the National Farm to School Network. The contents of this publication do not necessarily reflect the views or policies of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, nor does mention of trade names, commercial products, or organizations imply endorsement by the U.S. government.