Okla­homa’s Farm to School (FTS) program is distrib­uting a new publication with tips and tools for producers and school ser­vice programs to help in­crease locally grown foods in schools. The manual is also available online with several produce and cost calculators as well as food safety logs for producers.


Okla­homa’s Farm to School (FTS) program is distrib­uting a new publication with tips and tools for producers and school ser­vice programs to help in­crease locally grown foods in schools. The manual is also available online with several produce and cost calculators as well as food safety logs for producers.

Chris Kirby, Oklahoma Department of Agricul­ture, Food, and Forestry FTS coordinator, said the manual is intended to help increase participation in the program not only in Oklahoma but throughout the nation.

“Farm to School is ex­panding all over the coun­try and we’re excited that Oklahoma is one of the nation’s leaders in increas­ing local food consumption in our school systems,” she said. “This “how-to” manual helps show what people can do to get local foods into their schools.”

The manual was made possible through funds provided by USDA-Federal State Marketing Improve­ment Program, she said. Oklahoma State Univer­sity, the Kerr Center for Sustainable Agriculture, and the Oklahoma State Department of Education assisted the state agricul­ture department by pro­viding expertise and co­authoring the manual.

The manual is available online at www.okfarmtos­chool. com . Requests may also be made by email from chris.kirby@oda.state.ok.us or by postal service: Chris Kirby, Okla­homa Farm to School, Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, 2800 N. Lin­coln Blvd., Oklahoma City, OK 73105.