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Farm to School State Legislation. Community Food Security Coalition National Farm to School Program October 10, 2006. California SB 281. Establishes the CA Fresh Start Program that provides an additional 10 cents per meal for fruits and vegetables.

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farm to school state legislation

Farm to School State Legislation

Community Food Security Coalition

National Farm to School Program

October 10, 2006

california sb 281
CaliforniaSB 281
  • Establishes the CA Fresh Start Program that provides an additional 10 cents per meal for fruits and vegetables.
  • Schools shall buy CA product when commercially available.
california cont
California (cont.)

• Requires testing and sampling of produce as part of nutrition education, which may include purchases of local product for this purpose.

colorado 2005 317 hb 1307
Colorado2005 #317 (HB 1307)
  • If the quality of CO agricultural products are equal to those out of state, and the bidder can supply the quantity needed, and the price doesn’t exceed, or reasonably exceeds the lowest out of state bid, then the CO product shall be bought.

colorado senate bill 06 127
ColoradoSenate Bill 06-127
  • Creates the Colorado Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Pilot Program modeled on USDA’s program.
  • Requires that CO fresh fruits and vegetables be used to the maximum amount possible.
colorado continued
Colorado (continued)
  • If $500,000 is appropriated for the school breakfast program, the department of education shall use $150,000 of this amount for the pilot program.

connecticut sec 21 of p a 06 135
ConnecticutSec. 21 of P. A. 06-135
  • Establishes a week-long promotional event, Connecticut Grown for Connecticut Kids Week.
  • Encourages schools and educational institutions to buy local product.
  • Develop state and regional events where potential purchases can interact with farmers.
connecticut public act 06 135
Connecticut Public Act 06-135
  • Establishes a farm to school program within the Dept. of Agriculture, and run in consultation with the Department of Education.

delaware hr 74 2004
DelawareHR 74, 2004
  • Urges Congress to pass the Farm to Cafeteria Projects Act, and any other legislation promoting farm to school
  • Resolution shall be sent to the US Secretary of Agriculture, the NE Congressional Delegation, Agricultural Commissioners, and Governors.

kentucky krs 45a 645
KentuckyKRS 45A.645
  • State agencies shall purchase KY grown agricultural products if quality and pricing requirements can be met.
  • Vendors must participate in the KY Grown labeling program in order to sell to a state agency.
  • All agencies purchasing KY Grown products must report to the legislature the amount of each product purchased.
kentucky continued
Kentucky (continued)
  • If agricultural products are purchased that are not grown in the US, a label must state the country of origin.

For more information, go to:

maryland chapter 360 hb 883
MarylandChapter 360 HB 883
  • Requires the Board of Works to adopt regulations allowing a 5% price preference above the lowest bid for MD grown products.
  • Schools and state facilities shall review procurement regulations, and, to the extent possible, use the 5% price preference to purchase local products.
maryland continued
Maryland (continued)
  • This section does not apply if it would cause denial of federal monies or is inconsistent with federal law.

massachusetts passed in july 2006 as part of an economic stimulus package
Massachusettspassed in July, 2006 as part of an economic stimulus package
  • Allows a state agency to pay up to 10% above the lowest bid to purchase in-state agricultural products, as long as there as there is no conflict with other state or federal laws.
  • State procurement officers may award contracts up to $25,000 without seeking other bids, as required by standard procurement procedures.
massachusetts cont
Massachusetts (cont.)
  • A governmental body may, by majority vote, establish a preference for purchasing local products. (section 28)

new mexico house joint memorial 34
New MexicoHouse Joint Memorial 34
  • Requests that the state departments of Agriculture and Education collaborate on increasing the use of NM agricultural products in school meals.

new york 2004 ny chap 269
New York2004 NY Chap. #269
  • Allows direct purchases of up to 20 cents per student per day
  • Requires the departments of agriculture and education to share information to promote farm to school programs.
new york continued
New York (continued)
  • New York Harvest for New York Kids, a promotional event held through the schools, will be held annually.

• Establishes a farm to school program, instructing the Dept. of Agriculture and Markets and the Dept. of Education to work together to link farmers and schools. GMU General Municipal, Article 5-A. Then click on 103.

oklahoma hb 2655 final 5 06
OklahomaHB 2655 Final 5-06
  • The Oklahoma Farm to School Program will be housed in the Dept. of Agriculture, Food & Forestry and employ a director.
  • $100,000 has been allocated to this position.

• Staff shall be made available from the departments of Health, Education and Human Services to assist in implementation of the program.

oklahoma continued
Oklahoma (continued)
  • The Director of the Farm to School Program shall:
    • establish public and non-profit partnerships to develop farm to school programs
    • provide state leadership to encourage school districts to buy from local farmers
    • provide workshops and training for food service, farmers, processors, and others involved in farm to school work.
oklahoma continued21
Oklahoma (continued)

- seek grant funding and private donations for the program

- develop a web site to assist farmers in coordinating fresh food procurement.

pennsylvania hr 821 2004
PennsylvaniaHR 821 2004
  • Resolution almost word for word the same as the Delaware resolution which was introduced 2 months before PA.

vermont an act of the general assembly no 145 h 456
VermontAn act of the General AssemblyNo. 145 (H. 456)

Schools or School Districts

Establishes a mini-grant program for the purchase of:

• equipment, resources and materials to increase local purchasing

• purchase local farm products and other items for hands-on education about nutrition and agriculture

vermont continued
Vermont (continued)

• provide professional development for teachers to educate students about farm to school connections.

The maximum amount of each mini-award is $15,000.

vermont continued25
Vermont (continued)


The Dept. of Agric. will make one-time awards to the Vermont food venture center or other processing entity that:

• processes local products for schools or institutional markets

• or rents processing equipment to farmers

vermont continued26
Vermont (continued)

Food Service Personnel

The Commissioner of Education shall provide training sessions including information on:

• purchasing and serving local foods

• nutrition and obesity prevention

• train people to provide technical assistance to food service providers.

vermont the end
Vermont - the end!

• A report shall be made to the

appropriate legislative committees on

strategies of how to increase the use of

Vermont products by state entities.

washington hb 1984 chapter 3 2001
WashingtonHB 1984, Chapter 3, 2001
  • Small farm direct marketing program is created, with a director and an assistant.
  • The program will help farmers develop infrastructure, comply with regulations, increase access to direct marketing venues.

washington continued hb 2657 chapter 166 2002
Washington (continued)HB 2657 Chapter 166, 2002
  • The Department of General Administration, through the state purchasing director, shall encourage state agencies and local agencies doing business with the state to purchase Washington agricultural products when available.
  • The Dept. of General Administration shall work with the Dept. of Agriculture to identify strategies to increase the purchase of Washington products.
washington continued
Washington (continued)
  • This was declared emergency legislation to improve the health of rural economies and the agricultural economy.

summary of types of farm to school legislation
Summary of Types of Farm to School Legislation
  • Allocate additional funds for fruits and vegetables, using local product when available.
  • When price, quality, other factors are equal, local product shall be purchased.
  • State sets up a fresh fruit and vegetable pilot program, requiring fresh product when possible.
summary continued
Summary (continued)
  • A portion of funding from an established program is designated towards purchasing local fruits and vegetables.
  • Farm to school promotional and educational events are established.
  • A Farm to School Program is established within a state department.
summary continued33
Summary (continued)
  • Resolution requesting that Congress pass farm to school related legislation.
  • A price buffer, or preference, is allowed for local product.
  • The minimum amount required for an open bid process is increased for local products.
summary continued34
Summary (continued)
  • A resolution or memorial requires that the specific state departments work together to implement farm to school programs.
  • A mini-grant program is established for farmers and schools and/or school districts.