Farm to School

When fully implemented, Farm to School programs make healthy eating easier by bringing locally sourced and produced foods to school cafeterias while incorporating food literacy and nutrition education. From school gardens to agricultural assemblies like Mobile Dairy Classroom, Farm to School programs help increase food literacy, bring nutrition to life and elevate the health of children and communities while supporting local farmers, local agriculture and local economies.

Explore the many resources Dairy Council of California provides for you to extend the learning from classroom nutrition education lessons into Farm to School connections. Review our 9 Easy Ways to Celebrate Farm to School for a range of ideas you can use in your classroom, use our online learning games to learn about nutrition and healthy eating and learn more about Dairy Sustainability!

Mobile Dairy Classroom

Experience the Original Farm to School Program: Mobile Dairy Classroom


Bring agriculture to your school with the Mobile Dairy Classroom! Our assembly teaches how milk and dairy foods are produced and how they contribute to healthy eating. 

Login now to watch the complete assembly in our Video Series or find out if it's available to come to your school.

When you combine the Mobile Dairy Classroom with our free nutrition lesson plans, your students learn the full story of healthy foods – from the farm to the table – and how they can make healthy choices for themselves.

Farm to School Resources
  • California Department of Education has information about how to apply for the fresh fruit and vegetable program, Healthier US School Challenge: Smarter Lunchrooms Movement and more.
  • California Farm to Fork has resources for procurement, funding, summer meals program and much more.
 
 
 
 

Support your Farm to School program by joining the Smarter Lunchrooms Movement of California which uses Behavioral Economics theory to encourage children to make healthier food choices in the lunch line!

Sign up to receive the Monthly Nudge and read Smarter Lunchrooms Movement success stories.

Yolo County Specialty Crop Guidebook focuses on using seasonal crops for school lunch. Download the guidebook to learn about how to start or strengthen your own programs. The Guidebook offers a host of inspirational recipes that incorporate many different cooking styles or international flavors and are perfect for 4-10 servings. If you want to scale up these recipes to serving sizes of 50-100, click here.

Did You Know?





  • Milk is a local Farm to School product that goes from cow to container in just two days
  • In 2013, California’s dairies produced 41.3 billion pounds of milk accounting for almost 21% of the nation’s milk supply
  • California produces nearly half of US-grown fruits, nuts and vegetables
  • Read about three dairy all-stars that are driving sustainability efforts on their farms 

Just Getting Started with Farm to School?

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