Farm to School Planning Toolkit

The following diagram shows the Action Cycle for Farm to School programs and helpful resources for each stage, which we use with the Farm to School Institute. Click the links below to access individual resources. All resources are copyright of Vermont FEED and can be used and adpated with permission.

Get the Resources:

Download and print the Farm to School Action Cycle (pictured above)

FEED Guides and Resources

  • These Farm to School resources are published by FEED or its parent organizations, Shelburne Farms and NOFA-VT.

Farm to School Rubric [PDF] or editable Word document

  • The Rubric is designed to help schools or districts assess the stage of their farm to school program, which can help inform action planning to identify what next steps might be taken to deepen the program and give it greater staying power. It can also be used to identify readiness for farm to school grants and needs for technical assistance.

FTS Action Planning Template [PDF] or editable Word document

  • These worksheets are designed to help you get going on your FTS plan. Use it to brainstorm and think through the goals, action steps, group members, timeline, and resources/assistance needed.

Impact & Feasibility Analysis Tool

  • This tool helps you facilitate a group discussion of options that have the highest benefit or impact for the least effort or cost – in terms of both time and expense. It is similar to a “cost-benefit analysis” that helps you prioritize, match actions to your capacity, and stay realistic about timing.

Media Kit [PDF] or editable Word document

  • This simple media kit will help you spread the word about your school’s plans and activities and your selection for the Northeast Farm to School Institute. Publicizing your participation in the Institute through local press and communication channels will help build support for your food, farm, and nutrition work – now and long­term. In this kit you’ll find tips for media outreach and social media and a press release template.

FTS Communications & Outreach Planning

FTS Institute Communications Planning Template