Farm Fresh Challenge
Congratulations for Completing the Farm Fresh Challenge in October 2019

During the month of October, the Texas Department of Agriculture (TDA) hosted the annual Farm Fresh Challenge. Open to all TDA contracting entities (CE) in the National School Lunch Program, the Challenge is a fun and engaging way for school nutrition professionals and their schools to gain recognition for their efforts to bring local foods and garden-based learning activities to their students. 

Challenge participation soared in 2019 with more than 250 school districts participating statewide, serving over 2 million students!

Participating in the Challenge is Easy

Contracting entities followed 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: Complete challenge parameters listed below.

Step 4: Submit your participation attestation form
 by Thursday, November 15, 2019.

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

Choose Your Participation Tier: Eat Local. Teach Local. Be Social.

Resources to Help You Complete the Challenge

Below are a few resources that you can leverage to make completing the Farm Fresh Challenge a breeze for your school.

Sourcing Local Products

Find local Texas farmers, ranchers and distributors using our Farm Fresh Network tool.

Questions about how to buy local? Visit the Local Procurement page for additional resources.

Recipes for Menu Items

Make your menu fresh with our Cooking for the Seasons cookbook.

Farm Fresh Activities Ideas

Engage your students in garden-based learning with these activity ideas.

For students in grades K-5

For students in grades 6-12
For all ages

Social Guidance

Complete the Be Social. parameter with the help of our social guidance tool.

Click the icon below for the Social Media Support Toolkit

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Even more resources to support your participation in the Farm Fresh Challenge can be found on our RESOURCE PAGE.

For more information about Farm Fresh Fridays or the Farm Fresh Challenge, please contact TDA at

Other Helpful Resources

Defining Local Decision Tool

The USDA authorizes entities participating in the NSLP to define local in a manner that best suits their needs and the needs of the population they serve. This tool will walk you through two questions to help you identify your entity’s definition of local.

Local Procurement Decision Tree

This USDA resource will help you identify they appropriate procurement method to use when buying local. 

Success Stories

CRUNCH ACROSS COVE! A fun way to celebrate the Farm Fresh Challenge!  Maximize 

Lockhart ISD Serves Local with First Farm Fresh Challenge  Maximize 

Beeville ISD Students Excited to See Farm Fresh Options  Maximize 

Multiple Sources Provide Local Foods for Coppell ISD  Maximize 

2019 Farm Fresh Challenge Participants NSLP
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Contracting EntityESC RegionAward Level
Aldine ISD4Best of the Bunch
Aledo ISD11Best of the Bunch
Alice ISD2Best of the Bunch
Alvin ISD4Best of the Bunch
Amarillo ISD16Best of the Bunch
Angleton ISD4Best of the Bunch
Austin ISD13Best of the Bunch
Barbers Hill ISD4Best of the Bunch
Beeville ISD2Best of the Bunch
Brazosport ISD4Best of the Bunch
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