Mini-Grant: Farm to School to Market

The Iowa Farm to School program coordinated by the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship is offering a new initiative for schools entitled “Farm to School to Market.”  This initiative will give classroom teachers the opportunity to bring a farmers market to their students.


Recipients will receive $30 to purchase locally grown produce from a farmers market to take back to the classroom and incorporate into an educational lesson.  Awardees will also receive classroom supplies (books or a farmers market math bulletin board set).


Participation Rules:
Teachers who wish to participate in the “Farm to School to Market” Initiative must agree to purchase produce from a local farmers market for your students.  Priority will be given to teachers that will serve the produce in conjunction with an educational lesson.  An invoice of the purchase will need to be submitted along with a Performance Report (which will be provided under separate cover to the selected schools).  Any unused funds will need to be returned to IDALS.  Please also encourage your students to participate in the Farmers Market Scavenger Hunt at participating farmers markets this summer.


To participate in the “Farm to School to Market” Initiative, please complete the application form and return as soon as possible. All participation forms must be completed and submitted by September 9.  This initiative is open to all grades.  Don’t delay, only 40 applicants will be awarded funding.  No more than 3 applicants per school will be approved.  Award notifications will be made by September 12.  Please be aware that the payment must be issued to a school or organization and the W-9 form must be completed accordingly.


If you have any questions regarding this initiative or the Farm to School Program contact: Tammy Stotts by phone, 515-281-7657, or email

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