Washington Districts

49%
of Washington school districts surveyed by USDA say they participate in farm to school activities.

117

1,183

542,154

Another 15% of districts surveyed plan to start farm to school activities in the future.

(Note: of the 308 school districts in Washington, 78% completed the USDA Farm to School Census.)

Highlights

$17,440,300

invested in local food in Washington
with the average school district spending

9%

of their budget on local products.
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School districts in Washington are currently buying the following types of local foods:
  • 93%

    fruits
  • 83%

    vegetables
  • 61%

    milk
  • 22%

    meat or poultry

46%

of Washington districts surveyed plan to increase local food purchases in the future.
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Washington school districts are serving local items throughout the school day. In Washington local foods are being served at the following times:
  • 68%

    breakfast
  • 92%

    lunch
  • 8%

    supper
  • 33%

    snacks
  • 28%

    Fresh Fruit & Vegetable Program
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At least

93

school gardens are growing in Washington
Tend and water those gardens; their benefits are well documented!
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In Washington,

26%

of School Districts
Are Engaging Preschool Children
in Farm to School Activities.
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In Washington,

32%

Of School Districts Are Using Local Foods in Summer Meals.
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Based on a tally of the number of votes received, the school district above was selected as a stand out in Washington.
What we heard during the nomination process:
"The Farm" provides students with enriched experiences in the entire process of planting and harvesting crops grown. It teaches valuable life lessons to our students that extend beyond high school and reaches our other schools and community partners. It is a well-known site within southern Pierce County as the program continues to stay relevant with up-to-date agricultural and horticultural methods and technologies. This program is by far worthy of the "One in a Melon" award!
Congratulations to all the school districts in Washington conducting farm to school programs.

From buying local food to planting school gardens to teaching kids where their food comes from, Washington is ‘bringing the farm to school.’ Peruse the list below for more information on the great work taking place in Washington.

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