The Massachusetts Farm to School Project offers technical assistance to farmers, food service professionals, and others to help them successfully implement locally grown foods procurement.
Our goal is to help farms and institutions create long-term, sustainable purchasing relationships that are affordable for institutions, profitable for farms, and healthy for the children and adults eating in the cafeterias. Initial technical assistance is available at no charge to farms or institutional food services in Massachusetts. Intensive or long-term assistance, especially for organizations or businesses impacting multiple schools or communities, may require a consulting fee.
In addition, we provide assistance to school districts interested in starting their own farm to school Kindergarten Initiative. We also facilitate statewide and regional networking and make referrals, as needed, to related state, regional, or national farm to school organizations.
- Evaluate whether institutional sales are right for your farm
- Determine appropriate crops to grow for institutional customers
- Meet interested institutional customers
- Establish profitable relationships with institutions
- Evaluate opportunities for local foods procurement in your operation
- Connect to sources of local foods either direct from a farm or through your distributor
- Promote your local foods program through marketing and outreach
- Develop related farm to school activities such as school gardens