Food Safety and Farm to School
With proper planning and training, you can safely serve local food in your cafeteria! Whether you're starting a school garden or bringing in a small sample for children, the below resources should prepare you for a food safe environment.
School Food Safety
- DPI Memo on food safety of local foods:
Locally Grown, Fresh, Raw, Whole Fruits and Vegetables
- Wisconsin Regulations on buying local from the Department of Agriculture Trade and Consumer Protection. Please see
Local Food Marketing Guide, Chapter 4.
Eat Smart - Farm Fresh! - USDA guide to buying and serving locally grown produce
Farm to School Food Safety FAQs, from the USDA's Food and Nutrition Service – Answers to common questions about food safety rules, working with local farmers, and handling fresh produce.
Produce Safety Resources, from USDA and the Institute of Child Nutrition– Includes videos, fact sheets, presentations, and talking points on produce safety topics for school foodservice professionals ranging from schools gardens, to food preparation and handling, to produce quality.
Best Practices for Handling Fresh Produce in Schools, from USDA and the Institute of Child Nutrition – Recommendations for reducing the risks of foodborne illness and minimizing the chances for fruits and vegetables to become contaminated.
A Checklist for Purchasing Local Produce, from Iowa State University Extension and the Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture – A checklist of questions for school food purchasers to ask local farmers before they buy their products.
Farm Food Safety
Verifying On-Farm Food Safety Fact Sheet, from USDA and the Institute of Child Nutrition, provides tips to help the school foodservice professionals plan and conduct farm visits to discuss food safety practices.
School Garden Food Safety
Growing Safer Gardens, from North Carolina State University – School garden recommendations based on Good Agricultural Principles.
Food Safety Tips for School Gardens, from the Institute of Child Nutrition – School gardening tips regarding site selection, materials, and water use; chemical, fertilizer, compost, and manure use; growing and harvesting; and serving school garden produce through school meal programs.
Denver School Garden Coalition Operating Manual, from the Denver School Garden Coalition – An in-depth manual for school gardening in Denver that includes sections addressing food safety.
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