Did you know WCSD6 participates in the national Farm to School program?
Farm to School is a national movement which connects schools and local farmers in order to serve healthy meals; provide agricultural, health, and nutrition education; and support the local economy.
Currently, almost 100% of our school lunch meals are created from scratch in our Central Production Kitchen and approximately 25% of our food purchases are from local Colorado producers.
About the process
Colorado producers grow fruits and vegetables and raise cattle and chicken.
D6 Nutrition Services produces fresh produce and meat from producers.
D6 Nutrition Services delivers food to schools and serves students
D6 Nutrition Services delivers food to schools and serves students.
D6 students enjoy healthy, delicious meals and grow and learn to their full potential!
Our local producers, donors, and sponsors
Why eat local?
Interested in starting a Farm to School program in your own community?
Colorado Farm to School Project - Colorado Farm to School supports the development of regional farm-to-school networks across the state. Their objectives include:
- Increasing awareness of both schools and producers of existing opportunities for partnership.
- Dissemination of marketing tools and resources.
- Assessment of primary policy and regulatory opportunities and barriers for farm to school.
- Development of missing physical infrastructure to support local food production.
- Supporting technical assistance to schools and producers to develop customized processes that further farm to school efforts.
LiveWell Colorado Farm to School - As the Colorado Core Partner for the National Farm to School Network, LiveWell Colorado supports farm to school and farm to early care and education efforts in Colorado while serving as a liaison for information, resources, needs, and opportunities.
The National Farm to School Program Colorado - NFSN supplies Colorado educators and nutrition staff with applicable Farm to School resources, policies, and shared experiences.
USDA Farm to School Program — This program of the Food and Nutrition Service’s Office of Community Food Systems helps incorporate local foods into child nutrition programs through grant making, training and technical assistance, and research.
Farm to School fact sheets — These publications break down the process of starting a Farm to School program.
Farm to Child Nutrition Programs Planning Guide — This guide directs you through questions to consider when starting or growing a farm to school, farm to CACFP, or farm to summer program.
The USDA Farm to School Planning Toolkit — The Farm to School Planning Toolkit guides you through questions to consider and helpful resources to reference when starting or growing a farm to school program.
Procuring Local Foods for Child Nutrition Programs — This guide covers procurement basics, defining local, where to find local products, and the variety of ways schools can purchase locally in accordance with regulations
Food and Nutrition Policy Memos — The USDA offers comprehensive documents and resources for FNS programs