Garden to Cafe

In 2010 San Diego Unified worked closely with the San Diego County Department of Environmental Health to establish a culinary school garden agreement which allows students to harvest their garden-grown produce and serve it as part of the school meal program. The established Garden to Café Protocol is intended to ensure that the school garden identified is a safe food source for the school kitchen facility to serve garden-grown food on the salad bar.

In order for a school to participate in the Garden to Cafe Program, the school has to have an established garden with a designated garden coordinator. The first step in receiving certification is for the garden coordinator to attend the Garden to Cafe Training, which is held three times a year. After the training, the garden coordinator fills out the designated Protocol, hosts a site garden inspection and works closely with Food Services.

For more information and to find out when the next Garden to Café Training is scheduled, please email Amy Garfinkel at agarfinkel@sandi.net.