Farm Fresh Training

TDA has created several online training modules that provide training and information related to several Farm Fresh topics:

    • Farm to School online training
    • Farm to Child Care online training
    • Farm to Summer online training 
    • Defining Local Decision Tool

Check out the modules below. 


Farm Fresh Courses

Course Name Course Description
Defining Local Decision Tool USDA expressly grants the authority for entities participating in Child Nutrition Programs and purchasing local food items with federal funding to define local, as long as procurement guidelines are followed. This means that as a NSLP, CACFP, SFSP, or SSO participant you have the authority to define local. This tool will walk you through two questions that will help you identify a definition of local based on your goals.

Procurement rules must always be followed when making purchases using federal Child Nutrition funds. Free, open competition must be maintained through all procurement processes, and you must document how you are defining local for each applicable purchase. Competition cannot be restricted by a narrow definition of local. Always reach out to your local Education Service Center (ESC) with any questions.
Farm to Child Care Introduction for Child Care Centers and Day Care Homes This training is intended for child care program team members and other who are interested in bringing farm to child care activities to their center, site or day care home. Information presented during this training is introductory in nature and will lay the groundwork for future training and discussion about farm to child care activities.
Farm to School Introduction for Schools  This training is intended for school nutrition program team members and others who are interested in bringing farm to school to their districts or campuses. Information presented during this training is introductory in nature and will lay the groundwork for future training and discussions about farm to school activities.
Farm to Summer Introduction for SFSP and SSO

This training is designed for summer meal program sponsors and team members who are interested in bringing farm to summer to their sites. Information presented during this training is introductory in nature and will lay the groundwork for future training and discussion about farm to summer activities.


USDA Farm to School Webinar Series: Planning for Farm to School Success  Maximize 

USDA Farm to School Webinar Series: Finding, Buying and Serving Local Foods  Maximize 


Assistance available in English and Spanish. Please call 877-TEX-MEAL (877-839-6325) for help.

In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA.

Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g. Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.), should contact the Agency (State or local) where they applied for benefits. Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339. Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English.

To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, (AD-3027) found online at: How to File a Complaint, and at any USDA office, or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992. Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by:

Mail:
U.S. Department of Agriculture
Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights
1400 Independence Avenue, SW
Washington, D.C. 20250-9410
Fax: (202) 690-7442; or
This institution is an equal opportunity provider.

SquareMeals.org Logo

Texas Department of Agriculture Logo

Texas Department of Agriculture

Commissioner Sid Miller

Facebook Icon Instagram Icon
Twitter Icon YouTube Icon