Click here for information regarding the USDA Pilot Project for Procurement of Unprocessed Fruits and Vegetables. Or view the information sheet here. The pilot project will provide State Distributing Agencies (SDAs) in selected States additional flexibility in the procurement of unprocessed fruits and vegetables. School food authorities (SFAs) in selected States, or SDAs acting on behalf of participating SFAs, will be permitted to competitively solicit a USDA-approved vendor using USDA Foods National School Lunch Program (NSLP) entitlement funds. SDAs or SFAs will also be able to use pre-existing commercial distribution channels and relationships with growers, produce wholesalers, and distributors. Use of geographic preference, as allowed by FNS regulation, is permitted in the procurement of these products.
If your school is interested in being part of the project, please respond before September 8th, 2014.
The National Farm to School Network has recently launched the first-ever Farm to School evaluation framework! This is a very helpful tool to those of you considering Farm to School activities within your schools.
August 4, 2014
Moore-Norman Technology Center
Annual statewide Oklahoma Ag in the Classroom conference.
July 26, 2014
This summer Symbiotic Aquaponic in conjunction with Eastern Oklahoma State College invites you to join us for a one-day introductory aquaponics certification class. Students will have the chance to engage in class lectures with aquaponic professionals as well as experience hands-on learning in the greenhouse. Read more...
Six talented Oklahomans made everyone “Sit Up!” and beg for more at the National Farm to Cafeteria Conference held April 2014 in Austin, Texas. Read more...
June 20, 2014
We know that so many of you are bringing the farm to your summer meals programs… tell us about it! Share an anecdote with us and we’ll shine a spotlight on a few unique and innovative examples. Read more...
OSU is offering a great opportunity for local food producers and farmers.
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Final results from the USDA Farm to School Census are now available online at: http://www.fns.usda.gov/farmtoschool/census/#/
Oklahoma Census results are also available at: http://www.fns.usda.gov/farmtoschool/census/#/state/ok
USDA Grant Opportunities
Media coverage on the FEAST event and also several new farm to school resources by the Daily Oklahoman including an interview with Oklahoma Secretary of Agriculture, Jim Reese. Watch Video
Saturday, May 19th, 2012
OSU-Oklahoma City Farmers Market
Agriculture Technologies Center
400 North Portland, Oklahoma City, OK
400 North Portland, Oklahoma City, OK
The USDA and the White House hosted a Google+ Hangout with USDA Deputy Secretary Kathleen Merrigan, White House Director of Office of Public Engagement Jon Carson and six women leaders – producers, small business owners, and others – to explore local foods through the voices of women. More information
The Farm-to-School Initiative of the Oklahoma Food Policy Council, the Kerr Center, the Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, the State Department of Education and many other partners received the 2007 “Champion of Children’s Health” award Oct. 8 at an awards banquet in Oklahoma City.
The group was honored for their five year effort to establish a statewide farm-to-school program that would positively impact children’s health.
The popular program has brought Oklahoma-grown watermelons and honeydew melons into 35 school districts and almost 400 schools across the state. The goal of farm-to-school is to “grow healthy kids and a healthy rural economy.”
The Oklahoma Food Policy Council is a joint project of the Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry (ODAFF) and the Kerr Center. The twenty seven council members and ad hoc members represent a cross section of Oklahomans.
Kerr Center president and council chairman Dr. Jim Horne and Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry's secretary Terry Peach accepted the award. Dr. Horne thanked the council’s members and supporters for their work and pointed out the potential benefits of the program for Oklahoma farmers. Secretary Peach voiced the hope that the program can be established in every Oklahoma school.
“We’re just getting started,” he said.
Farm-to-school programs get kids excited about eating healthy foods by serving high quality fresh fruits and vegetables in lunchrooms. Educational activities that teach kids about food, nutrition, and farming are coordinated with deliveries of the locally grown produce.
The children’s health award is one of eleven “Champions of Health” Awards given annually in various categories to individuals or groups “working to make a difference in the health of their communities.”
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Oklahoma, the Oklahoma State Department of Health, the Oklahoma Hospital Association, the Oklahoma Osteopathic Association and the Oklahoma State Medical Association sponsor the awards.
In May, the Oklahoma Food Policy Council was named a “Partner in Advancing Public Health” by the National Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
The award recognizes “substantial contributions by a state or local partner” to the state’s efforts to prevent obesity and other chronic diseases.
The CDC cited the council’s “dedication to public health” and its “creative energy” in developing the farm-to-school program.