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Farm to School & USDA Pilot Project Workshop for Farmers -- Snohomish
Thu, May 11, 2017, 1:30 PM – 3:00 PM PDT
For farmers, processors, and distributors --
Understand how schools buy food, how this market may be a good fit for your farm, and what strategies can help you access this market effectively. This training will help build capacity of farmers at all scales to meet schools’ demand for locally grown fruits and vegetables, and the unique challenges school sales present. Learn how to meet your buyers’ expectations for direct sales to schools and increase your sales and have a positive impact on students in your community.
At least half of the workshop will focus on the USDA Pilot Project for Unprocessed Fruits & Vegetables, which allows schools to use their USDA Foods entitlement funds to purchase fruits & vegetables locally. We’ll explain what it is, how it works, and how to apply for the program. Fruit & vegetable farmers, processors, and distributors can all become approved by the USDA as vendors to sell to schools through the program. We’ll include time for in-person technical assistance on starting or completing your application (please bring a computer if you are able!).
To be eligible for the USDA Pilot Project, vendors must have a GAP, GHP or GMP certification and product liability insurance, but this training is open to any farmers, processors, or distributors regardless of food safety certification.