About the Program

Establishing school gardens and buying from local farmers is a great way to encourage fruit and vegetable consumption in schools. However, potential food safety risks should be taken seriously. Produce can be contaminated during growth, harvest, transportation, preparation or service and result in foodborne illness. When appropriate food safety precautions are taken, risks of crop contamination and foodborne illness are greatly reduced. Information regarding school garden food safety, good agriculture practices, and food safety record keeping can be found below. Remember food safety begins on the farm and in the garden!

    The Farm to School Food Safety Program is funded by the United States Department of Agriculture, Food and Nutrition Services (Farm to School Grant Program).