Welcome to the Illinois Harvest of the Month website, the online portal for schools and farmers to learn how to take part in this exciting program. Each month, schools in the program feature a different local food that students will love to eat. School districts can register to participate, and then gain access to curriculum activities, recipes, drag and drop tools and more. Click on each food to learn about what’s included!
Are you a farmer or producer who would like to be a part of the Illinois Harvest of the Month? It is easy to be a part of Farm to School with this great program.
There are many ways that you can go about bringing your products into schools in a given month. You can market your produce to wholesalers or you can sell directly to schools. There is a lot of information on the web about how to make this work. Check out www.illinoisfarmtoschool.org for lots of worksheets and guides!
Download the calendar of products here: Full Illinois Harvest of the Month Calendar
Guides for Producers
WI Farm to School Producers Tool Kit
Map of all WI schools participating- starting soon in WI (taken from the USDA census-great info for farmers!)
Food Hub tools for producers
USDA Census of Ag- Local, organic and direct census
For Schools Working with Local Farmers
WI Farm to School Choosing a Farm- GAP, etc.
http://www.cias.wisc.edu/foodservtools14/3-locate-and-purchase-local-foods/farm-to-school-producer-directory.pdf (listing of WI farms participating in F2S)
USDA Planning Kit- Complete kit for F2S
Food Hub F2S kit for schools
A Food Service Director & Farmer Conversation Guide
DOD Guide to purchasing local fresh
USDA Rules and local buying FAQS