The California Farm to School Network (CFSN) is a statewide initiative hosted by the California Department of Food and Agriculture Office of Farm to Fork and supported by staff from Community Alliance with Family Farmers, Life Lab, the Urban and Environmental Policy Institute, and regional leads throughout the state.
On the ground farm to school programs differs by location but always includes one or more of the following:
- Procurement: Local foods are purchased, promoted and served in the cafeteria or as a snack or taste-test
- Education: Students participate in education activities related to agriculture, food, health or nutrition
- School gardens: Students engage in hands-on learning through gardening/farming.
What is the California Farm to School Network?
Formed in 2004, the California Farm to School Taskforce formed to provide coordination and leadership around Farm to School programming around the state. In 2013, the Taskforce made the leap to broaden their work, and transition to a network that is open to everyone in the state of California who is working on Farm to School programs and projects. In 2017 the CFSN transitioned to the California Department of Food and Agriculture Office of Farm to Fork.
The California Farm to School Network is your “one-stop shop” for everything related to Farm to School in the state of California. As a communications hub and a convener across many organizations and regions in the state, the CFSN aligns Farm to School efforts, shares resources, and bring farmers, schools, distributors, and practitioners together, continuing California’s leadership in linking family farms to K-12 schools.