The Farm to School Program is coordinated by the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship in partnership with the Iowa Department of Education and a seven-member Farm to School Council. We believe that the success of this program depends on strong local networks of individuals and organizations familiar with their community’s resources and needs. Consequently, we are inviting you to consider initiating a Farm to School Chapter in your community. A chapter can encompass an entire school district or simply be built around one school and a single project.
This packet will assist you in establishing a Farm to School Chapter in your area. Please review the resource materials in this packet. The “Steps for Starting a Chapter” page provides you with step-by-step instructions for initiating your chapter. If you are currently involved in another group working on local food systems initiatives, your group may consider also becoming a Farm to School Chapter. It is not necessary to recreate the wheel.
The materials that you submit will be reviewed by the Farm to School Council. The Council is keenly interested in your Chapter Project Plan (form enclosed). While chapters are strongly encouraged to seek and build local support and funding for their project, minimal project funds may be available through the Iowa Farm to School Program. Since Farm to School funds are limited please return your packet as soon as possible to ensure consideration for funding. After chapter materials have been submitted, your chapter representative will be contacted by program staff.
Thank you in advance for seeking to establish this link between Iowa school children and nutritious food grown right here in the state by Iowa farmers. If you have questions regarding the Iowa Farm to School Program please contact our office at 515-281-7656.
- 16 chapters have received $46,000 in funding
- Encompassing over 25,000 students in grades pre K-12 Farm to School assistance offers educational opportunities, purchasing of local fruits and vegetables, newsletters, fact sheets, website inclusion, school gardens, composting projects and local press releases
- Chapter establishment has brought community members and local growers together