Farm to School Initiative

The Ohio Farm to School Initiative is part of the USDA national network and encompasses many local, state and regional partners. Ohio's Farm to School Initiative provides youth, pre-K through college, with access to nutritious meals, while supporting local farmers and communities. This program is intended to provide children with fresh, locally grown or raised food, and to educate them about many aspects of agriculture and their community.

The Ohio Department of Education, Office for Child Nutrition (ODE, OCN) is offering Farm-To-School mini grants to schools interested in starting a new Farm-To-School Program. Grants will be available for up to $5,000 to start a new Farm-To-School Program, or to expand a current Farm-To-School project. Preference will be given to new projects.

Schools that currently operate the National School Lunch Program are eligible to apply. There are no requirements for a high percentage of Free and Reduced-eligible students in order to qualify for the grant.

A completed application must be mailed to ODE, OCN no later than March 7, 2014. Postmarks of March 7, 2014 will be acceptable. Grant funds must be encumbered by June 30, 2014 and spent by September 30, 2014.

School Food Authorities (SFA) are required to complete Project Budget, Request for Cash Payment and Final Expenditure Report forms, as well as a Project Summary report as a part of the grant process.

Grant money may be used to purchase:
• Educational materials
• Gardening equipment, fertilizer, seeds, etc.
• Salad Bars
• Farm visits
• Cooking classes
• Other supplies affiliated with program activities

Please note that the grant monies cannot pay for food provided for meetings or gatherings.
The grant application may be found at and search Farm To School.
For other Farm-To-School project ideas, please visit the following web site:  and

If you have any questions, please contact Liz Solomon at 614.466.9273. or 800.808.6325.

2014 Farm to School Grant Application


School and Youth Garden Grant Opportunities

2014 Mantis Tiller Award: Applications Due March 7th, 2014
Mantis and proudly present the 2014 Mantis Tiller Awards! For the past 18 years, this program has provided 25 tillers to gardening programs across the United States. In the past, winners have included schools, churches, correctional facilities, parks departments, youth camps, community gardens, and many others. 

OSU Extension October 2013 Newsletter

Congratulations to our 2013 Farm to School grant recipients! This year’s grant awarded up to $5,000 for new Farm to School-related projects and activities.



Amherst Exempted Village School District Harris Elementary
Athens City East Elementary
Blanchester Local Blanchester High School
Brookville Local Schools Brookville Intermediate
Buckeye Local Schools Buckeye Middle School
Central Christian School Central Christian School
Cleveland Hts/University Hts Lauree P Gearity Elementary
Cleveland City Marion Sterling Elementary
Cloverleaf Cloverleaf Elementary
Gahanna Christian Academy Gahanna Christian Academy
Girard City Girard High School
Hillsboro City Hillsboro High School
Immaculate Heart of Mary Immaculate Heart of Mary
Lorain County JVS Lorain Co JVS
Marlington Local Marlboro Elementary
Miami Trace Miami Trace Middle School
North Ridgeville City Lear North Elementary
Oberlin City Langston Middle School
Ontario Local Stingel Elementary
Princeton City Heritage Hill Elementary
St. Brigid of Kildare St. Brigid of Kildare
St. Mary Elementary St. Mary Elementary
Wheelersburg Wheelersburg Elementary


The Farm To School Grant provided the following school districts with up to $2,000 to start a Farm To School project.

2012 Farm To School Grant Awardees:

•West Central Juvenile Rehabilitation
•Seneca County Youth Center
•Edison Local Schools
•Par Excellence Academy
•Lima City Schools
•Little Miami Schools

For more information on Ohio Farm to School, please visit

Farm to School Initiative Documents

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