Farm Fresh Challenge Resources

Farm Fresh Challenge Resources for Nutrition Directors
We’ve created the following helpful resources to make participating in the Farm Fresh Challenge easy and fun. Whether you’re looking for guidance on how to source and serve more local Texas products, or for ideas about activities to engage children in garden-based learning, you’re sure to find what you need below.


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Connect with Local Producers:
Find local Texas farmers, ranchers and distributors using our Farm Fresh Network!
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Tips for Schools to Successfully
Purchase Local Foods from Distributors
You can also add local flavor to menus and teach students about Texas agriculture by using local products in school meals, including nutrition education in classroom lessons, garden-based learning and connecting students with local farmers and ranchers. These tips will help you incorporate local products into existing purchases. Download Here!
Tips for Schools to Successfully Purchase Local Foods from Distributors

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