USDA Resources

  • 12 part USDA Webinar Series: this series showcases the variety of ways school districts can purchase local foods. The series starts with an introduction to basic procurement principles, and then walks participants through strategies and tactics for buying local foods.
  • Local Food Procurement Decision Tree:┬áNot sure whether you should use a micro-purchase, informal, or formal bid process to purchase your local produce this summer?┬áLearn more in our second tutorial, where Mary Ann, our Procurement specialist, refers to this resource.

  • Geographic Preference Fact Sheet: The USDA states, "While using geographic preference is not the only option for local food procurement, it is a powerful tool and particularly useful in formal solicitations where respondents are ranked and scored." Learn more in our second tutorial, where Mary Ann, our Procurement specialist, also refers to this resource.