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South Dakota Farm to School Program


The Farm to School program strives to connect South Dakota's children with local food producers, to provide South Dakota youth with fresh food grown in our local communities. The program also seeks to educate kids about food production - from seed to salad. Among other things, Farm to School promotes field trips to local farms, school gardens, and cooking lessons for youth.

The Farm to School program incorporates three core elements: purchase of local food from local producers (procurement), education in food production and preparation, and school or youth gardens. This program empowers children and their families to make informed choices, while strengthening the local economy and contributing to vibrant communities.

South Dakota has a Farm to School Network, which is a group of people and organizations connected by their desire to engage in Farm to School activities.

Beef to School Survey Report. Link.
Schools. Link.
Ranchers and Producers. link.
Child Care and Summer Feeding
F2S Showcase. Link.
Resources. Link.



For more information, contact SD Department of Education's Child and Adult Nutrition Services at 605-773-3413.