Farm to School in Washington

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Farm to School in Washington

There are incredible Farm to School projects and initatives happening all throughout Washington State! School cafeterias are featuring salad bars and local ingredients in lunches, farmers are hosting students at their farms and are guest speakers in classrooms, parents and teachers are working with students to build school gardens, students are creating delicious seasonal recipes and food grown in schools gardens are appearing in school meals.

According to WSDA Farm to School Surveys, USDA Farm to School Census and Washington State Farm to School Network:

  • 49% of school districts in Washington State participate in Farm to School
  • 91 school districts bought ingredients directly from Washington farmers between 2013-2018
  • $17,440,300 was spent on local food by Washington schools in the 2013-14 school year
  • At least 288 school gardens exist in Washington State
  • 72 Early Care & Education providers participated in Farm to ECE activities in 2017

In 2018, the Washington State Farm to School Network was formed to support the work of over 200 member school districts, farmers and food producers, teachers, students, non-profits, regional and state agencies working on farm to school. WSDA Farm to School and various lead organizations involved in farm to school in the state helped form the network.


Harvesting potatoes on Orcas Island


Sulayman is sampling radishes fresh from Sam Tonn's farm

Visit the Washington State Farm to School Network Directory to see organizations involved in Farm to School near you

Organizations that participated in the May 4, 2018 Launch Summit for the Washington State Farm to School Network included:

Bellingham Public Schools
Central Valley School District
CheffyK and CA, LLC
Childhood Obesity Prevention Coalition
City of Seattle
Cloud Mountain Farm Center
Cloudview Farm
Common Threads
Coupeville Farm to School
Debbie Leraas Children's Center
Ellensburg School District
Farmstand Local Foods
Grandview School District
Grant County Conservation District
Grant County Health District
GRuB (Garden-Raised Bounty)
Hood Cancal School
JQ Enterprises
LINC Foods
Lincoln County Conservation District
Lind-Ritzville Middle School
Nine Mile Falls School District
OSPI - Child Nutrition Services
OSPI - Environment & Sustainability
OSPI - Healthiest Next Generation
Othello Schools
Prosser Schools
River City Youth Ops
Seattle Public Schools
Tilth Alliance
United General District 304
USDA Farm to School Western Region
Viva Farms
Walla Walla Valley Farm to School
Washington Ag in the Classroom
Washington Green Schools
Washington State Dairy Council
Washington State Department of Children, Youth, and Families
Washington State Department of Health
Washington State PTA
Whatcom Farm To School
WSDA Regional Markets
WSU Clark County Extension SNAP-Ed
WSU King County Extension SNAP-Ed
WSU Adams Co. Extension SNAP-Ed
WSU Spokane County Extension SNAP-Ed
WSU Food Systems Team
Yaksum Canyon Truck Farm