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Farm to School Program

BISD Farm to School Program aims to support students to learn about and try new foods while also supporting local farmers. Our program focuses on developing new recipes, using scratch cooking techniques and integrating local products. We emphasize students gaining access to healthy, local foods as well as education opportunities such as school gardens, cooking lessons and connections to the local community while celebrating cultural food traditions. We believe that farm-to-school empowers children and their families to make informed food choices while strengthening the local economy and contributing to vibrant communities. We are a part of a national movement! Please visit the National Farm to School Network and Washington State Farm to School Network websites to learn more. Check out more about the 3 C’s model we follow, integrating the Classroom, Cafeteria and Community as our approach to farm to school.


Farm Partnerships

Our local farms are key to a healthy and sustainable food system and we encourage our community to support local farmers whenever possible! We are excited to have partnered with the following farms and food hubs to source local produce, eggs and meats.


Scratch Cooking


Harvest of the Month

BISD Food and Nutrition Services is excited to launch a Harvest of the Month for the 2023-24 school year. Though local products will be regularly incorporated throughout our menus, Harvest of the Month is a model for featuring and promoting one local fresh fruit or vegetable each month. The “harvest” item is served in meals and snacks, used for taste tests, featured in education and highlighted in our community. It’s a wonderful opportunity to support our local farmers and try new recipes and foods. Please see our Harvest of the Month calendar, and the resources available for each month, listed below!

Harvest of the Month Calendar

Harvest Festival Ideas

Harvest of the Month

  • Tomato
    September - Tomato
  • Pumpkin
    October - Pumpkin
  • Apple
    November - Apple
  • Winter Squash
    December - Winter Squash
  • Garlic
    January - Garlic
  • Potato
    February - Potato



Winter Squash – December


Garlic – January


Potato – February

Kale – March


Spinach – April


Carrot – May


Radish – June