Farm to School Institute


"The coaches help follow up on projects, ideas, and planning, and they've been invaluable in that process. It gives us a chance to sustain our efforts. Farm to school is really hard work - hard in a world of competing priorities in public school, and it takes a lot of commitment and organization. The design of this program has been the best that I've experienced in a long career of quality professional development."

Bruce Williams, Superintendent of School, Two Rivers Supervisory Union


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The Northeast Farm to School Institute is a unique year-long professional learning opportunity for selected school, early childhood, or district teams from New England and New York. Our Institute kicks off with a Summer Retreat held at Shelburne Farms in Shelburne, VT June 29–July 1, 2020.


East Hartford Public School

Harwood Union High School



  • Farm to school action planning: During the retreat, participants develop an integrated, school-wide farm to school action plan that incorporates curriculum, local procurement, utilizing outdoor learning spaces, and cultivating family and community connections.
  • Coaching support: Teams will be paired with an experienced coach from their state’s Farm to School Network. You’ll have communication and meetings with this coach throughout the school year to assist you in implementing and adapting your action plan to meet the changing needs of the school.
  • Networking with peers: At the retreat, individuals and teams will have the opportunity to share innovations, join in dialogue, and share food and fun with other teams from across the Northeast.
  • Teacher and nutrition staff professional development: All team members receive a certificate of participation. School nutrition staff receive continuing education/training hours for their time. Teachers may opt to receive graduate credits through Castleton University. Additional fees and coursework required. Contact us for details.


  • Attend the three-day residential Summer Retreat at Shelburne Farms for team planning time and connecting with peers and Farm to School experts June 29–July 1, 2020.
  • Participate in team meetings with your coach as you implement your action plan during the school year, and join a virtual gathering in late spring of 2020.
  • Submit a $900 program fee by May 1, 2020 to secure the team’s spot. Program fee includes the cost of room and meals at the Summer Retreat for the entire team. Limited scholarships are available. Coaching costs are paid through grant funding.


  • Application Deadline: Friday, February 14, 2020. Please direct questions to [email protected].
  • Identify a team (4-6 members for schools and early childhood, 5-7 for districts) comprised of, but not limited to:
    • School nutrition directors or managers
    • Teachers / educators
    • Administrators or curriculum coordinators
    • School wellness staff
    • Parents, school board, or community partners
    • District-level administrator (for district-wide teams only)
  • For school district teams: In your application, please identify one or two schools in your district in which you will focus efforts on implementing a farm to school action plan that can serve as an example for other schools within the district.
  • Notification of acceptance: We hope to notify applicants by mid March 2020.


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This project is possible with the support of the Henry P. Kendall Foundation. This project has additionally been funded at least in part with Federal funds from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The contents of this publication do not necessarily reflect the view or policies of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, nor does mention of trade names, commercial products, or organizations imply endorsement by the U.S. Government.