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The USDA Farm Service Agency is distributing seeds for use in school gardens in support of the People’s Garden Initiative. Seeds available this year are: Small ornamental gourds, dill, mixed lettuce, Kentucky wonder pole beans, Blue Lake green beans, sweet corn, popcorn, Chinese eggplant, radishes, spaghetti squash, scallop squash, crookneck squash and golden Hubbard squash. The seeds are available free of charge to schools. Requests for seeds should include the school name, the mailing address and the contact information for the school garden coordinator. Email requests to

State agencies are key partners in helping bring local products into child nutrition programs. As such, USDA’s Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) made clear through this memo that state agencies can use their State Administrative Expense (SAE) funds for state-level coordination of farm to school activities. This guidance applies to the National School Lunch Program, School Breakfast Program, Special Milk Program, Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP), Summer Food Service Program (SFSP), Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program, and Food Distribution Programs that provide USDA Foods to applicable programs. SP 28_2015_Use of SAE and SAF for Farm to School_03 13 2015

Farm to School Census Back in 2013 we learned that more than 40,000 schools, serving 23.5 million students, were bringing the farm to school. A lot can change in two years and we’re excited to receive updated information through the 2015 USDA Farm to School Census. The Census questionnaire is being distributed to school districts through state agencies this week. School district submissions must be received by May 29, 2015. Questions about the Census? Please contact Matt Benson,

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