Farm to School is connecting school dining services with local farms. Slow Money SLO has partnered with school districts throughout the Central Coast to bring the area's bounty to our kids.
Farm to School helps to connect farmers to school food service buyers through farmer-to-buyer mixers and virtual events. Through relationship building, Farm to School works to understand farmers' challenges and barriers to sales, and find solutions that ease commerce. Farmers who would like to learn more about Farm to School, please follow below!
In partnership with leading Central Coast school districts, Farm to School is working toward streamlined ordering processes, field trips, nutrition education, and/or virtual events. School districts who are interested in learning more about the numerous benefits of Farm to School, follow below!
Farm to Buyer Mixer: Red Barn Farms
Farm to School Participant Robinsong Farms
Thai basil lentil burgers with local lentils
Meet the farmer at school
Farmer to Buyer Mixer: Kandarian Organic Farms and San Luis Coastal School District
Squash & tomatoes from SLO City Farm
FARM TO SCHOOL PROGRESS
We have seen tremendous growth in Farm to School efforts since we began in the 2020 - 2021 school year. A huge round of applause to our incredible school districts and local farmers for their dedication to bringing fresh, healthy food to our students!
IN THE COMMUNITY
San Luis Coastal USD Presents to the SLO Food System Coaltion
Erin Primer, Director of Food Services & Nutrition for San Luis Coastal USD, gave a presentation in Novemer 2020 to attendees of the Food System Coalition General Meeting. Her report gave an overview of her district's farm to school efforts during the COVID-19 pandemic.
San Luis Coastal USD Buys Rare Jujubes from Local Ranch
In February 2021 Farm to School Central Coast connected San Luis Coastal USD to Rock Front Ranch, grower of an unusual fruit called jujubes. The district sent the nutritious treats home to families the week of Lunar New Year.