Dining Out

For Food Service

Food Service Professionals have an array of options for procuring from local farms and creating a Farm-to-School program in your local school.

1) What does Farm to School mean? 

Procurement Decisions, Defining Local, Nutrition Education, School Gardens, Food Access & Security

2) How do I set up a Farm to School program in my school?

School Wellness Policies, Procurement Policies & Guidelines, Starting with just a few crops, Stories about Engaging Stakeholders, Harvest of the Month Campaign

3) What are some best practices for working directly with Farmers?

Spot Market, Forward Contracts, BIds,

4) Working with Aggregators & Distributors

5) Find Farms Tab

For Farmers

Why are Schools Different to Work With?

Institutional buyers, such as schools, often have their own language for the ordering, transport, pack size, and quantity of crops they consume. Additionally, schools often also require higher levels of Good Agricultural Practices (GAP) Certification as well as higher liability coverage. The purpose of this webpage is to help a farmer navigate those aspects of Farm to School procurement and more easily communicate with Food Service Directors looking for quality product.
Please click one of the links below for examples and resources of a Farm to School topic you want more information on.

Find a Local Food Service Director

Additionally, if you'd like to find a School District Food Service Director, please Click Here  for a regional directory.

Get Added to Find Farms Listing

Or, if you would like to be added to the Find Farms listing on this website, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

1) How to Work with School Food Service


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Documents coming soon**

Download the Farm to School Manual

Download Example of a Forward/Grow Out Contract

Download Example of a School District Bid

2) Good Agricultural Practices (GAP) Certification Free Resources

How-to Videos for GAP Certification

Free Food Safety Tools Checklist

How to Create a Farm Food Safety Manual

Food Safety Ranch Audit

Ranch Audit Guidelines

Field Checklist

Harvest Crew Audit

Harvest Crew Guidelines

GAP for Small Diversified Farms


3) GAP Advisors in Yolo County


Yolo County Dept. of Agriculture: (530) 666-8140

Yolo County Farm Bureau:

Community Alliance of Family Farmers: (831) 818-4109

4) Liability Insurance Glossary of Terms

**Documents Coming Soon**

Download Liability Insurance Glossary

5) Companies who Specialize in Farm Liability Insurance

 

 

Enjoying the Food and Wine of Yolo County

Yolo County is graced with a rare combination of fertile soil, access to copious water, and a long growing season which translates into some of the highest quality food and wine in the world. As home to variety of crops, Yolo County is lucky to count processing tomatoes, rice, wine grapes, orchard crops, cereal grains, and many different varieties of fruits and vegetables as top crops farmed on agricultural operations of all sizes.

WIth easy access to the Sacramento and San Francisco Bay area regions, Yolo County has served as a primary source of Farm-to-Fork goodness for millions worldwide. This type of bounty is celebrated annually at the Sacramento Farm-to-Fork Capital Festival with a plethora of farm tours and farm activities leading up to the main event. Other big events highlighting Yolo County's cornucopia include the Hoes Down Festival, the Almond Festival and Blossom Trail Tour, the Tomato Festival, events at the Old Sugar Mill, Tour de Cluck, and many others.

Want to find out where to eat at the best restaurants featuring local food? Please Click Here for a listing of places to Dine Out.

If you're interested in visiting one of our fantastic Farmers Markets, then please Click Here.

But if you can't visit a local farmers market and would prefer to have local goodness in fruits & veggies delivered to your home or office, then please Click Here for info on our Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) producers.

Olive Oil is fast becoming a top crop ideally suited to Yolo County's soils and weather. Please Click Here for a listing of some of our award county's winning olive oils.

Yolo County is a growing wine region touting a unique terrior unlike any other place in the world. Please Click Here to find Local Tasting Rooms.

But if you'd rather make your own wine, please Click Here for information on Home Wine Making.  

 

Find School Food Service Directors

Davis Joint Unified School District - 1919 Fifth Street, Davis, CA 95616
Dominic Machi, Director Student Nutrition Services
 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., 530-759-2186

Esparto Unified School District – 26675 Plainfield St., Esparto, CA 95627
Stacie Velazquez
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., 530-787-4151 ex. 404

Washington Unified School District - 930 Westacre Rd, West Sacramento, CA 95691
Karri L. Pina, Director, Food & Nutrition Services
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 916-375-7604 ex.1060

Winters Joint Unified School District - 909 West Grant Ave, Winters, CA 95694
Cathleen Olsen, Director, Student Nutrition Services
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  530-795-6109

Woodland Unified School District -902 College St., Woodland, CA 95695
Spencer Springer, Director of Food Services
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 530-406-5956

Yolo County Head Start – 1280 Santa Anita Court, Suite 140, Woodland, CA 95776
Stephanie Gray, Nutrition Services Coordinator
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 530-668-3105

School Wellness Policy Resources

As a resource to school food service directors and community members, Harvest Hub Yolo has a number of documents with helpful information to aid in improving school wellness policies to include Farm to School.

Toolkit for including Farm to School in School Wellness Policies

Farm to School Wellness Policy Progress Checklist

CSBA Sample with model farm to school policy language added-draft developed by the California Department of Education