Food Safety and Farm to School

​​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

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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