Farm to School local farmers

About Farm to School

Media Coverage of Oklahoma Farm to School


Farm to School video

Vici Grimes, Child Nutrition Director for Stillwater Public Schools with Connie Whitmore of Whitmore Farms, were one of the pioneers of the Oklahoma Farm to School Program. This video was produced in 2006 as an introduction to schools to the new Farm to School Program. Video was produced by the Oklahoma State Department of Education.



Lisa Griffin, Child Nutrition Director for Union Schools; Tiffany Poe, chef consultant; and Susan Bergen, Peach Crest Farms were guests on the KRMG OK Foodie radio talk show talking about re-training cafeteria personnel in knife skills and menu prep along with using local produce. The Farm to School Program & Dept of Agriculture was mentioned several times. Listen to show

Heather Worlick from the Daily Oklahoman interview with
Chef Harry and Chris Kirby about the Oklahoma Farm to School Program
– 9/18/07



Oklahoma Horizon: Farm-to-School Program (Out in the Garden)
The Farm-to-School Program has launched the "Out in the Garden" video series to help educate elementary school children on the importance of good nutrition.
Horizon TV – Air Date: June 17, 2012


Farm to Market event at Ross Elementary School in Tulsa School district where over 500 children taste tested grilled squash, fresh watermelon salsa, whole wheat pancakes, milked Bessie the Cow and made plant pots from newspaper and planted lettuce, spinach or green bean plants to take home and plant. This is an excellent very effective event for children in encouraging them to eat more fresh locally grown fruits and vegetables, how to prepare them and learn how they are grown. KTUL CH 8 did a story about the event.


Sunup did a very nice segment with PeachCrest Farms & Farm to School and you can view by clicking on the link


Chef Harry with Oklahoma Farm to School – Horizon TV – 1/6/08


Farm to School – Horizon TV – 6/3/07


Farm to School  – Horizon TV – 3/18/07


Farm to School an interview with Farm to School Coordinator
Horizon TV – 3/18/07


Farm to School – continued interview with Farm to School Coordinator
Horizon TV – 3/18/07




Farm to School Program benefits students and farmers
6/8/08 - Norman Transcript


Press Releases - National

For current Farm to School news items, click here

On July 12, 2011, Deputy Secretary Kathleen Merrigan announced the release of the USDA Farm to School Team's 2010 Summary Report at the School Nutrition Association's Annual National Conference in Nashville, TN.
The Report is available on the USDA Farm to School website at and summarizes the overall common threads of lessons learned, best practices, tips, common barriers and possible solutions from the Team's 2010 site visits. The Report also includes the Team's recommendations for ways in which the Department can continue its support of Farm to School and local food systems. Oklahoma had two sites chosen for visits and were Morrison Public Schools & Union School district in Tulsa. There were several mentions of the Oklahoma programs throughout the report.

Information from the USDA Farm to School Team visit with Morrison Public Schools in Oklahoma last September has now been posted on their website at

Information from the USDA Farm to School Team visit with Union Public Schools in Oklahoma last September has now been posted on their website at

Kimberly replaces playground by Miranda C.R. White Redlands Daily Facts
Published 10/09/2008
For the opening ceremony, Bob Knight of Farm to School, a program that provides local produce to schools, donated freshly picked apples. Knight also donated oranges from his Old Grove Orange farm for the volunteers on the build day to thank the Redlands Unified School District for buying local oranges and apples for their schools.
Read the entire article

School Lunch Program Promotes Healthy Eating by Associated Press Food Product Design
Published 10/09/2008
Bistro Kids Farm 2 School Lunch Program operates in Kansas and Missouri and aims to promote farm-to-school ideals, a concept introduced in 2000 by the national Farm To School Network.
Read the entire article

EHOVE lunch fresh from the farm The News-Messenger
Published 10/07/2008
Lunchtime at EHOVE Career Center has taken on a fresh approach this year, with many of the fruits and vegetables served up on the trays less than 24 hours after picking. As one of two schools in Ohio participating in the Farm to School Program, students are offered fresh produce from a nearby source.
Read the entire article.

Lunches go organic in some schools by Associated Press CNN
Published 10/07/2008
The Academy is one of three Kansas City-area private schools that participate in Bistro Kids' Farm 2 School program, which is committed to improving students' health by offering lunches from organic, natural, locally-grown food. "It's really, really good," said sixth-grader Peter Imel, while chomping away on pizza. "When I first heard about it, I thought, 'OK, maybe, maybe not.' But it's better than any restaurant I've been to."
Read the entire article.

Partners of Farm to School