Model Program

Pasadena Unified School District2017-11-01T15:38:25-07:00

Pasadena Unified School District

Building and Growing a Healthy School Environment

Pasadena Unified School District (PUSD) has a strong and well-rounded Farm to School program that incorporates all three of the Farm to School pillars (procurement, curriculum, and school gardens). In the 2016-2017 school year, PUSD tied all of these components together through the launch of a successful garden-to-cafeteria program, in which produce from their school gardens was served in the cafeteria for one day each month as a part of their California Thursdays program. Achieving success required PUSD staff to coordinate across departments throughout the school year. The food service had to know what the gardens were growing and the garden manager had to understand the demands of feeding nearly 20,000 children each day. Another important factor was that PUSD worked with the health department to establish food safety protocols for their gardens before the start of the pilot, making it feasible for garden produce to be served at school. Throughout the pilot year, students were very enthusiastic about the program and students and staff are excited to continue the program into the future.