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Celebrating National Farm to School Month. What is NC Farm to School?. Program of NC Department of Agriculture & Consumer Services Option for child nutrition to order NC produce for schools In place since 1998. How does NC Farm to School Work?. NCDA&CS handles bidding process - PowerPoint PPT Presentation

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  • Celebrating National Farm to School Month

  • What is NC Farm to School?Program of NC Department of Agriculture & Consumer ServicesOption for child nutrition to order NC produce for schoolsIn place since 1998

  • How does NC Farm to School Work?NCDA&CS handles bidding processCND receives calendar for the yearCND orders through NC ECOSNCDA&CS picks up from farm and delivers to site in school district

  • Available ProduceSummer

    Seedless watermelonsCantaloupesTomatoesGrape tomatoesPeachesSprite melonCucumbersZucchiniYellow squashSweet cornApple slices

    Regular School Year

    WatermelonsCantaloupesTomatoesGrape tomatoesPeachesApplesSweet potatoesBroccoli crownsCabbage romaineCollardsApple slicesStrawberriesSquashZucchiniblueberries

  • *Farms must be GAP certified or third-party audited

  • State Impacts in 2010-1179 school districts participated943,368 students1,343,275 pounds of produce$985,045

  • Farm to School in (enter your school district)(Add local events, impacts, accomplishments, pictures. If you had a calendar art winner and want a jpg of the picture for your presentation, email heather.barnes@ncagr.gov)

  • For more informationwww.ncfarmtoschool.com

    www.facebook.com/NCFarmtoSchool

    National Farm to School Networkhttp://www.farmtoschoolmonth.org/

  • Questions?

    In November 2010 Congress approved Resolution 1655, officially designating October as National Farm to School Month. NC is fortunate to have a state program in place to make the connections between farmers and schools. This is one way we can get produce grown on NC farms on the cafeteria menu. The program aims to help schools serve healthy meals in the the cafeteria, improve nutrition, support local (NC) farmers and provide opportunities for agriculture, nutrition and health education.*The NC Farm to School program has been supplying school cafeterias since 1998. What started as a trial with just strawberries is now a 20 week program offering 19 crops. It is run through the NC Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services Food Distribution Division in cooperation with the marketing division. All public schools districts can participate in the program.*NCDA puts out a competitive bid. They receive and approve the bid. All produce in the program must be from NC and must come from GAP (Good Agricultural Practices) certified or third party audited farms with liability insurance.The Department sends out a calendar for the entire school year so CNDs can plan their menus. CNDs receive an email from Food Distribution when the ordering window is open, and order for several weeks? Months? At a time. NCDA places orders with the farmers, their trucks pick up produce at the farm and deliver it to one site in the school district by Tuesday at noon on the week of delivery.*This year a 3-week summer program was offered. Also, three weeks were added to the regular school year calendar, making NC Farm to School produce available 20 weeks this year. There is no minimum order required so schools can purchase 1 case of 1 item, or purchase quantities of each item offered.*This is a map of school districts that participated during the 1010-11 school year. 79 districts participated at least once. 21 participated for the first time. *NC Farm to School benefits farmers in the state by providing a stable market for their crop. The NC Farm to School Cooperative was formed by farmers across the state and has won the last 4 bids. Those farmers are located in the counties marked above {To mention famers in your county by name, go to the website, ncfarmtoschool.com, to the list of farmers}. Any farmer in the state of NC can join the cooperative if they meet eligibility requirements GAP certification and liability insurance.*The program reached new levels in 2010-11. This is the most districts that have ever participatedThe number of students that received Farm to School produce. This number is unduplicated, representing each student who had Farm to School produce in their cafeteria one time. Many schools purchase multiple item from the program, so this figure is actually higher.Total number of pounds of produce purchasedAmount of money spend by Child Nutrition on the program. NCDA& CS does not charge any fees for this program, so 100% of this money went to the farmers. The Cooperative does self-assess $0.50/case of produce sold; the money is used for nutrition education materials provided to the schools free.**For program updates and to sign up for the newsletter visit the website

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