Farm to School in FCPS


In June of 2018, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Food and Nutrition Services (FNS) announced that it would be awarding grants totally $5.2 million dollars to 73 projects impacting over 6,000 schools and 2.8 million students!  Funds allow communities to explore, expand, or scale up their Farm to School activities.  


Community FARE (Food-Advocacy-Research-Education), in partnership with Frederick County Public Schools (FCPS) Food and Nutrition Services (FNS) Department was one of the 2018 awarded grantees!  In addition to the USDA support of $31,333, FCPS, Community FARE, and Fox Haven Organic Farm and Learning Center made contributions totaling $15,016 making the award a total of $46,349.00.  


The grant supports preparing an Action Plan to integrate more locally grown fruits and vegetables into the school meal programs at five elementary schools in Frederick County.  The elementary schools are Lincoln, Hillcrest, Monocacy, North Frederick, and Waverley.  These five schools were selected because a large portion of the students attending these schools are currently receiving free or reduced-price meals, which may mean that they have less access to fruits and vegetables at home.  

Grant History

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Bringing Farm to School to Frederick County, MD


Farm to School in Frederick County 

In June 2018 Community FARE recruited Alysia M. Feuer, MPH, RD to coordinate the development of the Frederick County Farm to School Action Plan.  With Alysia, the Farm to School Leadership Team is researching and collecting data to inform and guide decision making for program success.         

On November 7, 2018, the Leadership Team sponsored a kick-off meeting for the Farm to School Planning Team comprised of more than 20 community leaders.  Farm to School Planning Meetings will continue every other month during the grant year (January, March and May 2019.) 

  • November 7, 2018 Farm to School Kick-Off Meeting

    • History of Farm to School​

    • Farm to School Data Walk

    • Panel of Experts

  • January 15, 2019 Farm to School Planning Team Meeting #2

    • Key Partner Presentations​

    • Small Group Work: 

      • Farmer to School, Gardens at School, Chefs in School

    • FCPS Kitchen Tour

    • Group Activity: How to spread the word about F2S

  • March 12, 2019 Farm to School Planning Team Meeting #3 

    • Working Group Reports

      • Farmer to School - Farmer Partnerships​

      • Gardens at School - Garden Planting Dates

      • Chefs in School - Taste Test Outcomes

    • Building Community Partnerships

    • Securing Sponsorship Funds

    • Next Steps - Farm to School Outreach Campaign 

  • May 13, 2019 Farm to School Planning Team Meeting #4

    • Building Community Partnerships​

    • September F2S Homegrown Week and October F2S Month

    • F2S goals and objectives for 2019 - 2020 school year

    • F2S Action Plan Presentation


Please contact us if you are interested in being a part of the Farm to School Initiative.  There are well over 40,000 students in FCPS, and if just a fraction of the families support the Farm to School Initiative by lending talents, time, and financial support, we will see Farm to School take root and thrive in Frederick County!  

Farm to School  Objectives

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Research regional Farm to School programs to develop best practices.

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Recruit an informed and committed Farm to School Planning Team.

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Understand the scope of FCPS food procurement, storage, preparation, processes, and menus.

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Identify and engage local farmers and supply chain partners and share Farm to School potential opportunities.

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Determine the most desired locally sourced foods that complement FCPS menus.  

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Integrate Farm to School concepts into hands-on school garden opportunities that align with the curriculum. 

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Deliver Farm to School Action Plan to FCPS for final approval.