Resources for Engaging Families in Farm Fresh Fridays

Participation by parents and other family members can expand the reach and success of Farm Fresh Friday events. These fliers outline ways to engage more family members in garden activities.

Farm Fresh Fridays: Parent Involvement
Three steps parents can take to bring Texas Farm Fresh to their child’s school.

Farm Fresh Fridays: Participación de los padres
Tres cosas que los padres pueden hacer para que Texas Farm Fresh venga a sus escuelas locales.

Farm to School Planning — The Ready. Set. Go! Approach
This guide provides a blueprint for parents interested in supporting the creation of a robust farm to school program in their child’s K-12 setting.  Parents also will find connections to resources offering ideas, inspiration, and funding for farm to school projects.

2019 CACFP Farm Fresh Challenge Social Media Support Toolkit
Social Guidance
Complete your Be Social parameter with the help of our Be Social Support tool. Click on the icon below.

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Garden-Based Learning

Let’s Get Growing

Connect kids to Texas Agriculture and introduce them to new foods through garden-based learning. Download TDA’s four-part resource to help you plan, grown, harvest and connect with a sustainable garden.

  • Plan: provides steps for developing educational gardens that can be sustained through changes in staff and participation. 
  • Grow: highlights current industry research and recommendations for ensuring participants’ safety in the garden
  • Harvest: offers a guide to promoting coordination and cooperation to ensure the safe production of fruits and vegetables
  • Connect: helps develop communication plans to ensure families and community members are aware of educational garden opportunities. 

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For more information on the Let’s Get Growing series visit the Garden-Based Learning page.

Downloadable Tools for Planning a Farm Fresh Fridays Celebration

Farm Fresh Fridays offers a great way for schools to incorporate farm to school activities and celebrate Texas agriculture while teaching students lessons about local food. Use these activity inspirations to plan a local Farm Fresh Fridays celebration. 

Farm Fresh Fridays Activities: for students in all grades
Farm Fresh Fridays Activities: for students in grades K-5 
Farm Fresh Fridays Activities: for students in grades 6-12 
Texas Produce Flash Cards 
Unscramble the Texas-grown produce
Build your own seasonality wheel 

Cookbooks and Menu Resources

Cooking for the Seasons                                 

Recipes in Cooking for the Seasons help menu planners meet the meal patterns for the National School Lunch Program, School Breakfast Program, Child and Adult Care Food Program and Summer Food Service Program.The standardized quantity recipes in this cookbook are designed to help you serve healthy, seasonally focused meals that will appeal to your young customers. All of the recipes have been tested up to 25 servings. The recipes are chef tested and kid approved for taste and appeal.

Click for the Cooking for the Seasons Cookbook

Multicultural Recipes for Child Care Centers, Family Day Homes & Adult Daycare Centers

This cookbook contains recipes featuring foods that reflect the cultural diversity of the Lone Star State. Children and adults have tested and approved these delicious and healthy recipes. Look for the Texas icon for foods grown in Texas. 

Sample Menus from Best of the Bunch Winners in 2017
Bryan ISD - Elementary Menu
Lake Travis ISD

Harvest of the Month 

Harvest of the month materials spotlight fruits and vegetables grown in Texas. Posters are designed to be displayed in a K-12 setting.

Farm Fresh Curricula by Program Type

Click here to access valuable educational materials for teaching students and young children about agriculture and nutrition. These educational materials are organized by program type. Choose a curriculum that is tailored to serve participants all year round or pick from many one day activities for a special event.

Click the icon above to download stickers, buttons, banner, bookmarks and static clings


Assistance available in English and Spanish. Please call 877-TEX-MEAL (877-839-6325) for help.

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