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What is Farm to School?

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.

What's LOCAL in Schools Now?

  Artic Queen White Nectarines  

from Kingsburg Orchards
Kingsburg, CA

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;

  • Local foods related curriculum development and experiential learning opportunities through school gardens, farm tours, farmer in the classroom sessions, chefs in the classroom, culinary education, educational sessions for parents and community members, visits to farmers’ markets.

San Diego Unified's Farm to School Goals

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.

Local and Sustainable Products in 2013-2014 Menus:

Local Farm to School Foods

Month(s)
Food
Farm
October 2010 to December 2010
Valencia Oranges
Stehly Farms Oragnics
November 2010
Pesticide Free Apples
Raven Hill Orchards
December 2010 to January 2011
Organic Spring Mix
Be Wise

January 2011

Organic Fairchild

Tangerines

Orethly Farms

February 2011

Organic Hard Winter Squash
Suzie's Farm
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

December 2012 

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
May  2013 Blueberries & Organic Blackberries
Stehly Farms Organics
 June & July 2013 Plums and Nectarines  Kingsburg Orchards 
August & September 2013   Plums and Pluots 
 
Kingsburg Orchards 
 
October 2013  Red Seedless Grapes Old Grove Orange Inc. 
November and December 2013
 
 
 Organic Fuyu Persimmons
 
Sahu Subtropicals 
 January 2014
 
 Organic Hydroponically Grown
Spinach 
 Go Green Agriculture 

Milk

All of our milk comes from dairies in San Jacinto (outside of Hemet, CA), just over 30 miles from the San Diego County line. This meets our definition of Regional foods.

 

Baked tofu, San Diego Soy Dairy

Also used at Whole Foods deli and salad bar.

SD Soy Dairy

Whole beans, Truitt Brothers

An Oregon based company renowned fortheir sustainable source of beans from family farmers. Food Alliance certified!Learn more about Food Alliance http://foodalliance.org/

Tom and Family

Kashi Cereals

Used on breakfast menus in select schools.

 
Green Bellies Honey Mustard Dressing 

Green Bellies is a local San Diego company whose goal is to provide school children with great tasting, nutritious foods made from all natural ingredients. Green Bellies Honey Mustard Dressing is featured on all of our salad bars every day!

Green Bellies

 
 
 
 
 
      
 

                                         

 

Contact Information

 
Kathryn Spencer                       
Farm to School Specialist I       
Produce Acquistion                                              
kspencer@sandi.net                 
(858) 627-7310 office                
(858) 565 6378 fax                    
  
Ashley Cassat
Farm to School Specialist II
Nutrition Education & Community Outreach
(858) 627-7323 office
(858) 565 6378 fax
 
 

*This definition has been pulled directly from the National Farm to School website.