The Iowa 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.
Iowa Farm to School Chapter Initiative. Each chapter develops and implements a plan to uphold the objectives and mission of the Farm to School program. Activities may include; locally grown food procurement, school gardens, field trips to local farms, purchase of kitchen equipment, food fairs and other educational activities.
- “A is for Apple” fosters local apple purchase, and educational hands-on activities in the classroom.
- “Wrap Your Own – Iowan Grown” promotes the purchase of locally-grown vegetables and products to create wraps. Funding and materials are available to support this initiative.
For additional information about Iowa Farm to School contact:
Tammy Stotts at 515-281-7657 or Tammy.Stotts@IowaAgriculture.gov
Iowa projects relating to Farm to School and School Meals
- Des Moines School Farm to School programming – With the help of FoodCorps and many community partners 20 schools have started school gardens, produce is used in nutrition education and sent home with families. As part of ‘Pick a Better Snack’ program they have sourced and served a variety of local foods. Work collaboratively with Eat Greater Des Moines to build a local food system for healthy food.
- Iowa Parent School Lunch Survey
- Des Moines Farm to School Pilot Project
- Website Highlights Iowa Farm to School Efforts
- Fostering Healthy Diets in Children Through Vibrant School Gardens
- Development of an Online Food Safety Training for Employees of University Farms and School Gardens