October 2018 Farm Fresh Challenge Pledge - NSLP

Thank you for pledging participation in the Farm Fresh Challenge and committing to incorporate more local products in your school meals during the month of October 2018.

If you would like additional resources about how local may be defined, what school menu items can be sourced locally, or how to source local products, please visit the Texas Department Agriculture Farm Fresh website, www.SquareMeals.org/TexasFarmFresh, or contact FarmFresh@TexasAgriculture.gov.

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* 1. Please complete the following information.

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* 2. Please choose the preferred person for TDA to contact regarding the Farm Fresh Challenge.

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* 3. If you responded 'other' to the previous question, complete the following information.

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* 4. What is your preferred mailing address for all Farm Fresh Challenge materials? (Physical address only, no PO Box)

Participation and Recognition

There are now three tiers of recognition in the Farm Fresh Challenge. A brief description of each tier follows:

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Farm Fresh Challenge Parameters

Farm Fresh Challenge Parameters
Visit Squaremeals.org/FarmFreshChallenge for additional details on each tier. 

TDA will recognize all NSLP contracting entities that complete the Farm Fresh Challenge and submit an attestation form. This form collects information about local products served, dollars spent on Texas products, details about hosted educational activities and social media activity. 

Pledge Participation!

Please complete the following information about activities that will occur during the month of October 2018. This information will serve as an attestation of your participation in the 2018 Farm Fresh Challenge. At the end of the challenge you will submit what you served and how often through the attestation form on Squaremeals.org/FarmFreshChallenge. TDA requires this information to verify your district's participation in the Farm Fresh Challenge.

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* 5. Which participation tier do you expect to achieve in the Farm Fresh Challenge?

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* 6. Please provide a summary of the student educational activities you plan to provide during the Farm Fresh Challenge.

Farm Fresh educational activities include any activity that educates children about local food and agriculture. Activity examples include taste testing local products; field trips to a local farm or farmers market; Meet the Farmer day; garden-based learning activities; or classroom lesson focused on local food and agriculture. You may use one of TDA’s Farm Fresh Fridays celebration ideas and resources or create your own.

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* 7. Do you plan to post on social media as part of your participation in the Farm Fresh Challenge?

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* 8. What social media username will be used for the post(s)?

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* 9. If you answered yes to the previous question, what social media platforms will you utilize? (Examples: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram)

Farm Fresh Challenge Impact Evaluation

Your feedback about the Farm Fresh Challenge is important. Please answer the following questions to the best of your knowledge.

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* 10. Do you anticipate using new ingredients for your menus during the Farm Fresh Challenge?

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* 11. How do you plan to purchase local products for the Farm Fresh Challenge?

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* 12. Do you anticipate continuing to use the ingredients used during the Farm Fresh Challenge on menus for the remainder of the school year?

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* 13. Do you anticipate higher labor costs as a result of your participation in the Farm Fresh Challenge?

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* 14. Do you anticipate higher food costs as a result of your participation in the Farm Fresh Challenge?

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* 15. Do you plan to use any of the following TDA resources to help you succeed in the Farm Fresh Challenge?

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* 16. I confirm that the information provided is a true and accurate description of anticipated participation in TDAs Farm Fresh Challenge.

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* 17. How challenging do you think it will be to add local ingredients to your menus during the Farm Fresh Challenge?

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