Harvesting beets at Roosevelt Middle SchoolFarm to School is broadly defined as a program that connects schools (K-12) and local farms with the objectives of serving healthy meals in school cafeterias; improving student nutrition; providing agriculture, health and nutrition education opportunities; and supporting local and regional farmers.

At its core, Farm to School is about establishing relationships between local foods and school children by way of including local products in school meals; incorporating local foods related curriculum in the classroom; and providing development and experiential learning opportunities through school gardens, farm tours, farmer in the classroom sessions, chefs in the classroom, culinary education, educational sessions for parents and community members, and visits to farmers’ markets.

San Diego Unified works to purchase as much organic, local, regional and California grown food as possible using the following definitions:

  • San Diego Local: Grown or raised within San Diego County 
  • Regionally Grown: Grown or raised within 250 miles of San Diego County and is within the state of California
  • California Grown: Grown or raised within the state of California

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Harvest of the Month

Each month, a new seasonal, locally grown fruit or vegetable is served on school salad bars every Wednesday for Harvest of the Month.  Teachers can show our five-minute “Virtual Farm Field Trip Videos” to their students in the classroom as a quick and easy lesson about eating healthy and eating local. San Diego Unified Food & Nutrition Services creates these videos in-house. 

Meet Our Farmers

Did you know that San Diego County has more organic farms than any other county in the nation? We are proud to have such a rich agricultural tradition here in Southern California that is still growing strong. We are very lucky to be surrounded by farm partners who can grow amazing things like organic avocados, kumquats and persimmons for our students.

Meet the farmers who provide local and sustainable products for our menus.

Garden to Café

Through Farm to School, we also offer a Garden to Café program, which allows school gardens to serve fresh garden grown foods as part of the school meal program. In order to participate, schools must become certified. Learn more.