Florida "Farm to School" Program
The Florida "Farm to School" program is an initiative seeking to bring nutritious, fresh food from local farms to schools including K-12, colleges and universities.
Every year, Florida schools spend millions of dollars for fresh produce. The Farm to School program is intended to open the door for more of those dollars to stay within Florida. It will also support Florida farmers by promoting opportunities for schools and growers to work together to increase the volume of locally grown product that is served in school cafeterias and dining halls. Incorporating locally grown products into school meals also supports local economies, reduces transportation costs, and helps to preserve farms and farmland.
The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services will work with the schools and the growers to make sure each side is aware of mutual business opportunities available through this program. This web site is intended to provide information about: the availability of fresh Florida produce; the fruit and vegetable needs of schools; and contact information for both the schools and growers.
The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services will not be a part of any agreement between the schools and growers/producers. All contracting is between the school and grower/producer and must comply with all federal and state regulations.
USDA Non-Discrimination Statement: In accordance with Federal law and U.S. Department of Agriculture policy, this institution is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, or disability. To file a complaint of discrimination, write USDA, Director, Office of Civil Rights, 1400 Independence Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20250-9410 or call 1-800-795-3272 or (202) 720-6382 (TTY). USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.
"Farm to School" Program Tools
- Find Participating Florida Schools
- Find Participating Florida Growers/Producers
- Join the Program: Florida Schools
- Join the Program: Florida Growers/Producers
- Find Tips for Farmers on Doing Business With Schools
- Frequently Asked Questions
Links to Related Web Sites
- Visit the County Cooperative Extension Service Web Site
- Visit the USDA, Food and Nutrition Service, “Eat Smart, Farm Fresh!” Web Site
- Visit the National Farm to School Web Site
- Visit the Fresh-2-U Web Site