Interested parties have about two-and-a-half weeks to offer input on the best approaches for the California Farm to School Incubator Grant Program’s request for applications.

The California Department of Food and Agriculture’s Office of Farm to Fork opened a comment period on the RFA Tuesday and plans to accept public comment through March 7.

The program is funded through a one-time general fund allocation of $60 million to be evenly split between the 2022 and 2023 fiscal years. According to CDFA, the program “will award competitive grants to support projects that cultivate equity, nurture students, build climate resilience and create scalable and sustainable change.”

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The program will offer grants along four funding tracks: The California Farm to School K-12 Procurement and Education Grant; Track 2: The California Farm to School Partnership Grant; Track 3: The California Farm to Early Care and Education (ECE) Grant; Track 4: The California Farm to School Producer Grant.

In addition to the public comment period, CDFA-F2F will be hosting several public information sessions that will include an overview of the RFA and time for questions and comments. The first such session is scheduled for Thursday with additional sessions scheduled for Feb. 24 and March 3.

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