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Bringing the Farm to School: Training Series

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Immersive Procurement Trainings for Farmers and Producers

Bringing the Farm to School trainings are intended for food producers interested in learning about selling food into local school markets. Trainings rotate throughout the state.

A Region Two producer training event is scheduled for April 17, 2024 in Gainesville. Florida farmers and producers located in the following counties are eligible to participate: Hamilton, Suwannee, Lafayette, Dixie, Gilchrist, Alachua, Bradford, Union, Columbia, Baker, Nassau, Duval, Clay, Putnam, St. Johns, Flagler.

To request a registration link for the Region Two producer training event, contact [email protected].

To be notified about additional 2024 producer training regions of focus, dates and locations, or for questions about other Farm to School resources available to farmers and producers, please contact [email protected].

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What You Will Gain from the Training

Schools offer a strong market opportunity for agricultural producers. With more than 30 million students participating in the National School Lunch Program each day, schools provide a large, stable and long-term market option. Many schools have a strong interest in including local products from agricultural producers in their school meals.

Join this training to learn how to take advantage of these Farm to School market opportunities:

  • Learn about accessing school markets, the procurement process and growing products for school markets.
  • Hear from producers who have successfully navigated Farm to School markets.
  • Gain new knowledge and resources for expanding your business to take advantage of school market opportunities.