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South Dakota Farm to School Program

Childcare and Summer Feeding

The Department of Education's Child and Adult Nutrition Program encourages childcare and summer feeding programs to make local foods a staple of their menus. You can start by looking for seasonally available local foods to ensure that kids can enjoy fresh-from-the-fields goodness, or by developing a relationship with a local meat producer. And, remember, Farm to School is more than just providing fresh local food - it's also about helping kids learn about food production and preparation.

Five ways to start a Farm to School program. 1.
 Identify a local food producer in your community or region. You can find them through connections in your community or through an internet search.  2. Start small: Choose one local item for kids to taste test or serve it as a part of your program’s meal service.  
3. Plant a garden. Involve the kids from start to finish! Incorporate into your menu. 
4. Take a field trip to a local producer's farm or ranch.   
5. Contact the Department of Education's Farm to School specialist for more ideas!

Be sure to check out the Farm to School Resources section.