Save the Date - 2023 CA Farm to School Conference, October 24-25, 2023, at Aziz Farms in Palm Springs, CA

CA Farm to School Conference

The CA Farm to School Network hosts a biennial conference to bring together farm to school practitioners from across the school food and education spaces for professional development, networking, and the sharing of best practices.


2023 CA Farm to School Conference: October 24-25

The California Department of Food and Agriculture, in partnership with the Office of First Partner Jennifer Siebel Newsom and the Alice Waters Institute, will host the 2023 California Farm to School Conference October 24-25 at Aziz Farms and Packhouse in Palm Springs, CA. This year's conference will offer opportunities for partners from across the state to network, learn, and grow together.

  • Tuesday, October 24 (10am – 2:30pm): Day one of the conference will feature a shared meal, farm tours, and facilitated innovation sessions for sharing best practices, collaboration, and connection.
    • 10 AM: Guest Arrival
    • 11 AM: Brunch
      • First Partner Jennifer Siebel Newsom in conversation with CDFA Secretary Karen Ross
      • Center for Ecoliteracy - California Food for California Kids Awards Ceremony
    • 12:30 PM: Networking, Farm Tours, and Resource Fair
    • 2:30 PM: Conclusion of Day 1
  • Wednesday, October 25 (9am – 2pm): Day two of the conference will feature education sessions and a farmers market lunch with California produce.
    • 9 AM: Guest Arrival
    • 9:30 AM: Opening Remarks
    • 9:40 – 10:15 AM: Education Panel #1: Farmer Led Farm to School
    • 10:30 – 11:15 AM: Education Panel #2: Sustaining Cafeteria and Classroom Connections
    • 11:30 – 12:15 PM: Education Panel #3: Creative Farm to School Funding
    • 12: 15 PM: Farmers Market Lunch
      • Buffet Lunch and farmers market
    • 1:45 PM: Closing Session: Reflection + Action
    • 2 PM: Conclusion of Day 2

This year's event is open to school nutrition leaders, educators, farmers, and farm to school support organizations. Please see the FAQ below for more information.

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If you have any questions, please email cafarmtoschool@cdfa.ca.gov