The Farm to School Program works to improve the health and education of children and their families through linking classroom education, school garden opportunities and community engagement. FSEP works collaboratively to bring together school officials, food service directors, contracted food service providers, parents, distributors, processors, and producers to establish mutually beneficial relationships that result in locally produced food being consumed by students in our schools.
The FSEP Farm to School Tool Kit has been developed for use by those who are interested in starting a Farm to School program in their school district. The Tool Kit has been designed so that it can be used by parents, teachers, school administrators and food service personnel. Please click on the link below to download the tool kit.
Interested in starting a Farm to Table program? Click here to learn more about the types of Technical Assistance FSEP is able to provide.
How to Sell to Schools
This workshop was designed for farmers in Southeast Michigan and covers how school lunch programs work, typical produce purchases, how to market your farm and food safety. Click here to view this presentation and supporting documents.
How to Start a Farm to School Program
How to Start a Farm to School Program is an informational presentation for those interested in starting a farm to school program in their community. This workshop covers various ways to implement a program, how to connect to farmers, how to highlight local food days and discusses ways to engage community members in the project. Click here to view this presentation.
Market Potential for Farm to School in Southeast Michigan
This presentation highlights the market potential for farm to school programs in Southeast Michigan based on research conducted in 2006 by FSEP. It also covers how school districts are implementing farm to school programs and highlights additional opportunities as the farm to fork movement continues to grow and more institutional buyers get involved. Click here to view this presentation.
The success of the FSEP Farm to School Program is made possible through the efforts of our volunteers and interns. Each new school year brings with it exciting new opportunities for volunteer support and we are always looking for more help. If you are interested in helping a farm to school program in your community please fill out the VOLUNTEER FORM form and fax to: (734) 222.3990 or email to: Michaelle Rehmann, Program Director.
There are a number of resources available on-line for farm to table programs. We hope you find the following documents and websites useful.
For more information, contact the FSEP Farm to Food Service Program Director, Michaelle Rehmann at (517) 490-6912.