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ADDITIONAL

SCHOOL RESOURCES

Below is a list of resources and educational materials to support schools in their quest to reduce food waste.

DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH

The operation of using compost in school gardens to produce vegetables that can be served in school cafeterias falls under exemption in Chapter 62-709 for backyard composting or small-scale composting (under 100 c. yds.), as long as composting guidelines are followed, including disinfection and temperature monitoring.

DOH CHAPTER 62-709

USDA

For youth gardens, the USDA recommends using only commercial compost on vegetables, and using food waste compost on ornamentals. Some districts outside Florida use vegetable compost on vegetable gardens, but require very strict record keeping and maintenance practices, including a compost log.

Please see the links below for supporting documentation and studies.


USDA’s website on K-12 Schools Reducing, Recovering, and Recycling Food Waste:

On the bulleted list on the bottom of this webpage, you’ll see USDA recommends both, “Composting food waste for school gardens” and “Collaborating with local farmers on composting or food-scrap projects.”

USDA K-12 FOOD WASTE


USDA on Food Safety Tips for School Gardens:

Pages 2-3 have basic information on composting.

USDA SCHOOL GARDENS


USDA Garden, Compost & Waste Reduction Project:

USDA GARDEN, COMPOST & WASTE REDUCTION PROJECT


USDA Guide to Conducting Student Food Waste Audits in Schools:

Part of the USDA and EPA’s Food Waste Challenge

USDA GUIDE FOR STUDENT FOOD WASTE AUDITS


USDA Memo “Guidance on the Food Donation Program in Child Nutrition Programs”:

USDA MEMO


USDA Reducing Food Waste – What Schools Can Do Today (Infographic):

WHAT SCHOOLS CAN DO TODAY


USDA Booklet – What You Can Do To Help Prevent Food Waste:

HELP PREVENT WASTED FOOD


USDA Flyer on Food Dating:

FOOD DATING FLYER


Palm Beach County, FL School Composting Guidelines:

PALM BEACH COUNTY SCHOOL COMPOSTING GUIDELINES