Farm to School

Farm to school

Dakota Rural Action is a statewide nonprofit community organizing group that has been working on Farm to School issues across South Dakota since 2010.

The National Farm to School Network is a information, advocacy and networking hub for communities working to bring local food sourcing, school gardens and food and agriculture education into schools and early care and education settings.

SDSU Extension provides educational resources related to gardens, farmers markets, food  nutrition and preservation, and youth development. Community gardens, organized by SDSU Extension staff and community volunteers, bring fresh produce to many rural communities and designated food desserts across the state.

USDA’s Farm to School Program is housed in the Food and Nutrition Service’s Office of Community Food Systems (OCFS). OCFS helps child nutrition program operators incorporate local foods in the National School Lunch Program, Summer Food Service Program and Child and Adult Care Food Program. OCFS staff works with tribal communities to respond to their desire to better incorporate traditional foods into our meal programs.

USDA Farm to School Census Data for South Dakota. Identifies school district usage of local foods.

South Dakota Farm to School Resource Guide

In 2019 SDSU Extension, Dakota Rural Action, S.D. Dept. of Education and the USDA published a manual that assists schools in developing a farm to school plan. The resource book discusses basic farm to school information, building a farm to school team, a school purchasing guide and menu planning information, guidance for producers, and additional resources.

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