Iowa Farm to School Network
From school gardens and farm field trips to local food on school lunch trays, farm to school practices from early childhood through high school:
- help children learn about where food comes from
- teach them how to make healthier choices
- create new markets for local and regional farmers and food producers
The Farm, Food and Enterprise Development (formerly Local Foods) Program at Iowa State University Extension and Outreach has been selected as the 2017-2019 National Farm to School Network Iowa Core Partner, providing new opportunities to expand efforts to connect children to local food, school gardens and food and agriculture education around the state.
Learn more about farm to school activities in Iowa and how you can support efforts in your community by viewing a webinar hosted by our program here.
Program coordinator Chelsea Krist is your point of contact.
Please see our extensive list of resources at the bottom of this page for more information and assistance.
Sign up for the weekly farm to school newsletter at this link.
View past newsletters here (beginning 6-26-19) and here (prior to that).
The National Farm to School Network is the leading voice for the US farm to school and farm to early care and education movement, providing information, advocacy and networking for communities working to bring local food sourcing, school gardens, and food and agriculture education into school systems and early care and education settings.
As the Iowa Core Partner, the Local Foods Program will build capacity and support for the expansion of farm to school and farm to early care and education efforts in Iowa, as well as serve as a liaison for information, resources, needs and opportunities with the National Farm to School Network. The program team will collaborate on these tasks with these supporting partners:
- FoodCorps Iowa
- Iowa Association for the Education of Young Children
- Iowa Department of Public Health
- Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship
- Iowa Department of Education
Farm to school enriches the connection communities have with fresh, healthy food and local food producers by changing food purchasing and education practices at schools and early care and education settings.
Students gain access to healthy, local foods as well as education opportunities such as school gardens, cooking lessons, and farm field trips.
Farm to school empowers children and their families to make informed food choices while strengthening the local economy and contributing to vibrant communities.
The National Farm to School Network has selected core and supporting partner organizations in all 50 states, Washington, DC and US Territories, for a total of more than 200 network members nationwide.
Human Sciences Extension and Outreach – Christine Hradek
Iowa Regional Food System Working Group (RFSWG) – local food coordinator directory
Readiness to Increase Local Procurement (SCBG grant report 2019)
Iowa Department of Education:
- Iowa Farm to School Program page
- K-12 nutrition programs page
- Local district wellness policy info page
Iowa Farm to School Program (Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship)
Iowa Farm to Summer Program (Iowa Department of Education and others)
Iowa Nutrition Network – contact Suzy Wilson: email@example.com
Local wellness policy information (USDA Food and Nutrition Service)
The Dirt (e-newsletter from USDA Farm to School)