Farm Fresh Challenge

Take the Farm Fresh Challenge in 2021!

This year, the Texas Department of Agriculture (TDA) will host the Farm Fresh Challenge in spring and fall. The Challenge is a fun and engaging way for nutrition professionals to earn recognition for their efforts to bring local foods and garden-based learning activities to their sites. The Challenge is fun for students and professionals of all ages.

Spring Farm Fresh Challenge:
Open to all TDA contracting entities
Deadline to register to receive resources: March 15, 2021
Challenge Dates: April 12 - May 14, 2021
As a result of the winter storm and crop loss TDA has updated the Farm Fresh Challenge dates to ensure access to fresh fruits and vegetables. Texas agriculture is the result of hard work and acceptable growing conditions and this challenge is meant to support our farmers and ranchers. Flexibilities are available if menus were already planned for the original challenge dates.
Fall Farm Fresh Challenge:
Open to NSLP TDA contracting entities
Deadline to register to receive resources: September 13, 2021
Challenge Dates: October 1-31, 2021

Please note: If you are an NSLP operator interested in signing up for both the spring and fall challenges, you only need to complete the spring challenge pledge form.

Participating in the Challenge is Easy

Participating in the Farm Fresh Challenge is easier than you may think, as some of the foods you already serve could be Texas products. Distributors for milk and fresh produce commonly source those items locally. If your milk, produce or other items come from Texas, that means you are already meeting some of the Challenge requirements!

Follow these simple steps to participate in the Farm Fresh Challenge and receive TDA recognition!

Step 1: Take the Challenge participation pledge.

Important note: The Challenge participation pledge should be completed by the CE, not an individual school campus.

Step 2:
Plan your menu and educational activities.

Step 3:
Choose your participation tier listed below – either Best of the Bunch or Prime Participant. Then complete challenge parameters from each category.

Step 4:
Submit your participation attestation form

Step 5 (optional):
Send a success story about your participation and photos (if available) to

Complete the Challenge: Eat Local. Teach Local. Be Social.

First Tier: Best of the Bunch Second Tier: Prime Participant
Eat Local.
What to Serve: 3 or more Texas Foods representing 3 different meal components.

How Often: A minimum of once a week each week of the challenge.
Eat Local.
What to Serve: 3 or more Texas Foods representing 3 different meal components.

How Often: Anytime during the challenge period.
Teach Local. Host at least one educational opportunity during each full week of the challenge.
Be Social. Share at least one social media post on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter using #FarmFreshTexas or #FarmFreshChallenge.

TDA Recognition
By completing the challenge parameters and submitting the participation attestation form, you will receive TDA recognition.

Prime Participant recognition includes:
  • A personalized letter signed by the Commissioner of the Texas Department of Agriculture, Sid Miller sent to the superintendent or equivalent level of leadership
  • A personalized letter signed by the Assistant Commissioner, Angela Olige, to the child nutrition or equivalent department
  • An executive level summary and marketing toolkit complete with social media posts, digital badge and a template press release

Best of the Bunch recognition includes all of the above items plus:

  • The choice between a plaque or a custom lapel pin
  • A certificate of recognition signed by the Commissioner of the Texas Department of Agriculture, Sid Miller

Farm Fresh Challenge Participants
(Browse Records/Search Using "Are Equal To" Setting in Dropdown Choices)
Browse records in ESC Region that    Search     
Contracting Entity (CE) NameSorted By Contracting Entity (CE) Name In Ascending OrderESC Region
803 Old McDonald Daycare/Learning Center1
Aldine Child Nutrition Services4
Aledo ISD11
Alvord ISD16
Amarillo ISD16
Apple Springs ISD6
Apples & Oranges Corp11
Austin ISD13
Beeville ISD2
Belton ISD12
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U.S. Department of Agriculture
Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights
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Washington, D.C. 20250-9410
Fax: (202) 690-7442; or
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