Resources

Farm to School Resources

In Maine and beyond, there are a wealth of online resources to assist you in your farm to school programming, food council and gleaning initiative needs:
Maine Nutrition Council Resources and scholarships for students, info for promoting policy change
Beginning Farmer Resource NetworkA coalition of Maine agriculture agencies and organizations working together to connect aspiring, beginning, and transitioning farmers to resources for farm business success
Maine Agriculture in the Classroom Classroom curriculum, directory of teacher resources, and teacher training
Cheryl Wixson's Kitchen A non-profit that offers lesson plans for teaching healthy, local eating, recipes, and cooking classes
Cultivating CommunityPortland based non-proft uses sustainable gardens to grow communities; offers curriculum and mentoring for school gardens
University of Maine Cooperative Extensionoffices in every county; many training classes including the Master Gardener program, extensive publications, and monthly gardening newsletter
National Farm to School NetworkNational Farm to School Resources
Maine Farm to School NetworkMaine's own farm to school resource
USDA Farm to SchoolFederal, online farm to school resource
2013 Downeast Maine's Directory of Food ProducersA directory of producers in Hancock and Washington County who are interested in selling to schools and institutions.
Downeast Farm & Food Cluster ProjectAn excellent 2009 survey of regional institutional purchasing data.
Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners AssociationExtensive gardening information and links
Maine Harvest Lunch ProgramResources, curriculum and recipes
Maine School Garden NetworkA wealth of Maine Maine gardening resources including curricula and books
Creating Gardens with YouthA concise outline of steps for starting an educational garden, created by University of Maine Cooperative Extension educators
The Bee Cause ProjectHoney bee/pollination curriculum, school beekeeping resources
Whole Kids FoundationGrants, curriculum and resources for school gardens