Farm to School is broadly defined* as a program that connects schools (K-12) and local farms with the objectives of serving healthy meals in school cafeterias, improving student nutrition, providing agriculture, health and nutrition education opportunities, and supporting local and regional farmers.
HOTM in Schools Now
Organic Kumquats & Ojai Pixie Tangerines
Farm to School at its core is about establishing relationships between local foods and school children by way of including, but not limited to:
Local products in school meals – breakfast, lunch, after school snacks; and in classrooms – snacks, taste tests, educational tools;
Farm to School Foods
October 2010 to December 2010
|Stehly Farms Oragnics|
Pesticide Free Apples
|Raven Hill Orchards|
|December 2010 to January 2011|
Organic Spring Mix
Organic Hard Winter Squash
|March 2011||Organic Happy Rich Broccoli||SD Growers & Suzie's Farm|
|March 2011 to May 2011||Organic Navel Oranges||Stehly Farms Organic|
|March 2011, 1 week||Organic Murcott Tangerines||Stehly Farms Organic|
|April 2011||Organic Cilantro||Sage Mountain Farms & Tierra Miguel Farms|
|May 2011||Strawberries||Farmers in Vista|
|June 2011||Organic Blackberries||Stehly Farms Organic|
|July 2011 to August 2011||Organic Cherry Tomatoes||Suzie's Farm|
|September 2011 to November 2011||Red Grapes||Old Grove Oranges|
|November 2011||Cherry Tomatoes||Nagata Brothers|
|October 2011 to November 2011||Valenica Oranges||Stehly Farms Organic|
|December 2011 to January 2012||Fuyu Persimmons||Sahu Sub-Tropicals|
|January 2012||Organic Kabocha Squash||Suzie's Farm|
|February 2012||Organic Avocados||Stehly Farms Organic|
|March 2012||Asian Pears||Kingsburg Orchards|
|April 2012||Kumquats||Sahu Sub-Tropicals|
|May 2012||Pixie Tangerines||Ojai Pixie Growers'|
|June & July 2012||White Nectraines||Kingsburg Orchards|
|August 2012||Plums||Kingsburg Orchards|
|September to November 2012||Pluots||Kingsburg Orchards|
|September to November 2012||Valencia Oranges||Old Grove Oranges|
|All Schol Year 2012-2013||Tofu||San Diego Soy Dairy|
|All Schol Year 2012-2013||Certified Organic Micro-Greens||SunGrown Distributors|
|November 2012||Apple Pears||Kingsburg Orchards|
|Organic Persimmons||Sahu Sub-Tropicals|
|January to March 2013||Navel Oranges||Old Grove Oranges|
|February 2013||Organic Avocados||Stehly Farms Organics|
|March 2013||Organic Blood Oranges & CA Kiwis||Stehly Farms Organics|
|April 2013||Ojai Pixie Tangerines & Organic Kumquats||Ojai Pixie Growers & Sahu Sub-Tropicals|
All of our milk comes from Fresno dairies. This meets our definition of Regional.
Also used at Whole Foods deli and salad bar.
An Oregon based company renowned fortheir sustainable source of beans from family farmers. Food Alliance certified!Learn more about Food Alliance http://foodalliance.org/
Used on breakfast menus in select schools.
These lovely greens will be topping three grab n' go salads this year.
The goals presented below are our long-term goals. We do not expect to meet them over night but we will use these goals as our guiding principles for implementing our Farm to School program.
15% of the fresh fruits and vegetables purchased will be sourced locally.
Serve one “all local” lunch per month.
Use sustainably raised hormone and antibiotic free meat and/or protein sources in school meals, use locally raised proteins when possible.
Develop supplemental Farm to School activities and experiential learning opportunities for students.
Create community partnerships.