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Friday, October 4, 2019

2019 Farm to School Census Reminder

Dear Michigan School Food Authorities:

You may have received notification that the 2019 Farm to School Census is underway! A number of Michigan SFAs have already completed the Census and even more have started the process. As the Census nears the halfway mark for data collection, we are reaching out with a friendly reminder to use your personalized link included in the emails.


Why complete the Census?

We know you are busy. The Census is designed to track farm to school activities, and the results can be used to help advocate for policy and funding support and guide USDA's technical support. The Census can help us at Michigan Farm to School and other farm to school supporters do the same at the state-level. The Census data is publicly available, as well, so it's a way for schools/districts doing farm to school to be counted and recognized for your good work! You can see results from the 2015 Farm to School Census at


The Farm to School Census Preparation Worksheet may be especially helpful as you are gathering information to complete the census itself. Visit

for the worksheet or for additional resources.


If you have any questions, please contact the Abt project team from 9 am to 9 pm ET toll-free at 855-452-5794, or e-mail



Meagan K. Shedd, PhD
Assistant Professor, Farm to Early Care and K-12 Education
Center for Regional Food Systems | Michigan State University
Department of Community Sustainability | College of Agriculture and Natural Resources
480 Wilson Rd, Room 309 | Natural Resources Building | East Lansing, MI 48824-1039
517.432.4525 | |

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