School and Institutional Purchasing Resources for Farmers and Producers

Below are an aggregation of resources farmers and other food producers can utilize when creating purchasing relationships with schools and other institutions with food service programs.

Bringing the Farm to School: A Training Program for Agricultural Producers

In 2019, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) established a three-year cooperative agreement with the National Center for Appropriate Technology (NCAT) and the National Farm to School Network (NFSN) to develop a farm to school training program for agricultural producers.

Program Goal: To give agricultural producers training and tools to build their capacity to launch or grow efforts to market to schools, therefore increasing sales to schools for farmers while expanding farm to school activities for students in schools and communities across the nation. Learn more here >>

  • Producer Workbook, Bringing the Farm to School: Agricultural Producers Toolkit Learn more >>
  • Case Studies, Bringing the Farm to School: Agricultural Producers Toolkit Learn more >>

Diversifying Your Market with Institutional Sales: Farmers and Producer Trainings

On December 12 and January 22, we have partnered with the National Center for Appropriate Technology and the NH Food Alliance to host two learning opportunities for farmers and food producers. The trainings will focus on selling locally-produced or harvested foods to New Hampshire institutions, including schools, hospitals, and universities. Learn more and register here >>