Purdue Extension along with Indiana SARE is launching an annual Farm to School Professional Development Training for those interested in taking action in developing or sustaining their farm to school activities and programming. This program, supported by the Sustainable Agriculture and Research Education (SARE) program of the USDA will educate, train and develop Action Committees from a school or school district who are ready to create plans to procure local food and initiate food and garden education plans.
We will launch our pilot program in partnership with the Michigan State University Center for Regional Food Systems Farm to School Specialists. Five F2S Action Committees (AC) will be accepted into the pilot program from an application process. We will have a day-long training where ACs will learn more about farm to school and resources in Indiana, create a vision for Farm to School programming and complete a year by year action plan.
Following the workshop, the ACs will present in a webinar or create a video of their work to inform future ACs about their creative endeavors bringing the farm to school. A network of ACs and schools will be supported by Purdue Extension and the Indiana Farm to School Network, including an annual meeting at the Indiana Local Food Summit and farm and school learning tours and events held throughout the year.
2017 Application Information (due June 15, 2017)
Action Committees may complete the online or paper application by 15 June 2017 to be considered for the 2017 training.
This is a two-year pilot program to train a diverse team of individuals from a school or district who are working to bring the farm to school.
If your school has been working on a wellness policy to include healthy food, you could make it local, healthy food!
If you, as a school food service director have been seeking resources to help you get started and create a supporting team, this is your program!
Perhaps you are a school garden coordinator and you want the food to get into the cafeteria – this is the program for you!
What if your school wants to conduct cooking classes for students and families using local food? This is for you!
This program will be a one-year commitment (and hopefully longer) from the Action Committee to make things happen! Farm to school initiatives often need technical resources and assistance to get going and this program is designed to not just connect you with those resources, but bring you together with other Action Committees to learn and create an Action Plan for your school. The one-day workshop is a critical day of learning, networking, creative thinking and team building that will get you going on your plan. You will leave the workshop with a plan in hand, a timeline to get it done, and the contacts to help you make it happen!
How do I start?
Gather your team. Call the people at your school that have been talking or doing something about local food, food education, school gardening, food waste and wellness. Have a few meetings to discuss what you might like to do. Show them the application. Understand that you do not need a big vision to participate, it is more important to have an engaged group with a strong leader to make things happen. If your team is willing to commit, AND everyone can attend the 29 August workshop – complete the application.
How do we apply?
Please submit one version of the application.
Paper or electronic is acceptable.
Instructions for submitting the paper application are on the PDF file.