Farm to School and Community
Our Farm to School and Community (F2SC) program makes Florida-grown foods more accessible to SNAP-eligible people in Florida. The F2SC team works with local partners—schools, farmers, businesses, farmers markets, food service professionals, non-profit organizations—and state and federal agencies to improve the health of Florida citizens, while benefiting farmers and the local economy.
Some of our projects include:
Developing school and community gardens.
Bringing fresh Florida-grown foods into school cafeterias and other markets.
Promoting the use of SNAP EBT cards at farmers markets.
Offering training and support for teachers, gardeners, food service, and farmers.
"The garden is well established. The children are learning a lot and have taken ownership of it. The teachers are learning as I teach them how to do things. We currently have cucumbers, tomatoes, carrots and peppers growing. We are waiting for the Brussel sprouts, mustard greens and other veggies to begin producing."
Jennifer Fowler M.e.d, MFCS, Inc. Head Start, Child Development Specialist
To learn more!
Download the Grow to Learn Guidebook for teachers and other school garden champions!
Sign up for Smarter Lunchrooms training for school food service staff. Learn simple low cost/no-cost changes to the serving line, cafeteria, and other areas of the lunchroom in order to help increase participation rates and decrease food waste.
Become a Farm to School and Community partner!
Check out the most recent F2SC Newsletter!
Introducing the new Florida Fresh App!
Growing and eating your vegetables just got easier with the free UF/IFAS veggie app, “Florida Fresh.” Simply enter your ZIP code and the app will tell you what vegetables to plant at that particular time of year. Touch any of the photos and the app provides information about each fruit and vegetable — including planting tips — as well as the best varieties for Florida and nutritional value. You can also find out about the seasonal availability of Florida-grown produce.