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Farm to School Promotional Materials and Programs

logo for farm to school program
Present Program Events
New Website for K-12
Food Service Directors Launched!
Start with Half a Cup
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The Start with Half a Cup tool kit was a collaborative effort with CT Department of Administrative Services, CT State Department of Education, and our agency, the CT Department of Agriculture, to help with the rapid successive changes in the USDA School Feeding Programs. In order to encourage the consumption of the fresh produce requirements, a high energy highly motivated food service directors, anti-hunger advocates, university staff, community food organizations, and CT FoodCorps were brought together  for meetings, project development, and implementation. We as a group introduced this virtual toolkit to all Connecticut School Food Service Directors at the CT School Breakfast Summit on November 4, 2014.  This tool kit provides resources for school nutrition programs to support their efforts in getting students to take and consume the fruits and vegetables that come with their school meals. 

Visit and use the website TODAY!


Promotional Materials for this program: 
  • A logo for the program was developed with the assistance of UCONN.
  • The logo has been formatted into a "price card" which is already being used in many schools to denote lunch items that are CT Grown. To preview the card simply click farm_schoolpricecards1.pdf  
  • The logo is available for School Lunch Programs to use for banners, promotional materials or other similar uses to help promote the Farm to School Program, any CT Grown produce and nutritional programs associated with that program.
  • The price cards come in pads of 50. Call to order your supply today at (860) 713-2543.
  • The logo itself can be used on menus and materials after your school starts using CT Grown in its school lunch, breakfast or snack programs. it is available in .gif   format here.     
Connecticut Grown Crop Availability Calendar ~
  • The seasonal availability of Connecticut Grown fruits and vegetables in a multi-colored, easy to read chart. It can be used at school event. It can be downloaded and printed.

      Click crop calendar.pdf  for high quality version to print for your school events.

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The Connecticut Department of Agriculture's 2011 Farm Map is still available. With 207 farms located on a map, you can visit farms that grow apples, visit a maple sugarhouse, go organic, find a stable or take some riding lessons, or buy some begonias for your spring garden! For your school or events, call our office, and we'd be happy to arrange a mailing or delivery of maps to you or your organization. Each box has 250 farm maps. Call Jane Slupecki at (860) 713-2588.

Costume Usage
The costume program is closed for the winter. On February 15, 2019 the 2019 calendar will re-open for bookings. You can borrow the costumes from April 15, 2019 through November 15, 2019. Costumes book fast. They are available on a first come first serve basis. You must pick them up and drop them off in Hartford, CT. For more information, contact Erin Windham at 860-713-2543, or email Erin at
Thank you to all of the schools, organizations, farmers' markets and agribusinesses that used the costumes the past year. We hope to hear from more of you next season!
Costume photos are here at this link: Costume pictures