CA Farm To School and Garden Conference

Connecting the Garden, Cafeteria and Classroom

March 27 - 29, 2017 | Modesto, CA

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About The Conference

Conference Theme: Connecting the Garden, Cafeteria and Classroom,

The California Farm to School and Garden Conference will be held March 27 - 29, 2017 at the Modesto Centre Plaza in Modesto, California. The conference will offer a series of workshops, panels and discussions that will be of significant educational and networking value to attendees who will represent all facets of the farm to school movement, including farmers, distributors, government representatives, procurement officers, educators, and food program administrators.

Monday, March 27 Pre-Conference Day: The pre-conference day on Monday offers optional activities and field trips (most for an additional fee) and opportunities to see programs in action. For more information on Pre-Conference activities and costs, click here. Then at 7:00 PM, the conference kicks off with the welcome reception.

Tuesday, March 28 and Wednesday, March 29: On Tuesday, there will be a full day of workshops, breakouts and speakers, followed by regional dinners in the evening. On Wednesday, there will be sessions, workshops and speakers, ending at 12:30pm.

Tracks and session information will be added as confirmed.

Registration includes the Monday reception, Tuesday's lunch and dinner, and Wednesday's breakfast. Housing is available at the Doubletree Hotel on a limited basis for an additional fee.

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Registration Hours

For those attending a pre-conference activity:

Sunday, March 26: 4:00 PM to 7:00 PM in the San Jose room of the Doubletree Hotel

Monday, March 27: 7:00 AM to 7:00 PM in the San Jose room of the Doubletree Hotel

Conference Registration:

Monday, March 27: 7:00 AM to 7:00 PM in the San Jose room of the Doubletree Hotel

Monday, March 27 evening: Registration will be available at the reception starting at 7:00 PM

Tuesday, March 28: 7:00 AM to 5:00 PM at Modesto Centre Plaza

Wednesday, March 29: 7:00 AM to noon at Modesto Centre Plaza


For the online schedule, click on each date to see the schedule for that day.

Workshops and Sessions - Request for Proposals

The California Farm to School Network (CFSN) invites you to submit a proposal for the 2017 California Farm to School and Garden Conference. The conference will cover a variety of topics designed to support and inspire farm to school and school garden practitioners all around the state! This is your opportunity to share your expertise and innovative ideas to help grow the farm to school and school garden movement in California.

Submission Process: An information PDF is available with additional info regarding the topic areas, speaker benefits and more -click here to download. When you are ready to submit your idea, fill out the online submission formlocated here.

Due Date: The date has been extended to January 3, 2017

Conference Location: Modesto Centre Plaza

Hotel rooms are available at the Doubletree Hotel next door. For shared roommate situations, it is $74.50 plus tax/fee per night, and for individual rooms the cost is $149 +tax/fee per night. When you register, we will ask you about your housing preference and send you the information you'll need to book a room.

1000 L Street
Modesto, CA

Doubletree Hotel

Travel and Housing


Both the Stockton and Merced airports are 30 minutes away, with limited flights into each. The closest major airport is Oakland, which is 75 miles away.

Train, Bus and BART Link

By Train: Amtrak has a Modesto station located a few miles from the hotel.

By bus: The Modesto Downtown Transportation Center is located within two blocks of the Doubletree.

By BART Link: There is an express bus that runs from the Dublin/Pleasanton BART station and takes approximately 70 minutes. Make sure you disembark at the Modesto Downtown Transportation Center. For more information, click here.


Housing is available on a limited basis at the Doubletree Hotel in either singles or doubles. When you register, we will ask you about your housing preference, and assign you a roommate if needed. Cost for a single is $149 plus tax/fee per night, and for shared rooms the cost is $74.50 plus tax/fee per night. Please see the Doubletree site for further information about the rooms.

Doubletree Hotel site



Extended! Now through January 3

  • Includes all sessions
  • Good from 7:00 PM on Monday, March 27 through 12:30 PM on Wednesday, March 29
  • Meals Monday: Evening Reception Tuesday: Lunch and Dinner Wednesday: Breakfast
  • Note field trips are additional
  • Extended! Now to 1/3: $295*
  • 1/4 through 1/31: $345*
  • 2/1 to 3/15: $395*
  • After 3/16 and onsite: $445*
  • *Note event processing and credit card fees apply - see below for info

Click to see rate schedule


Click to see activities and pricing

  • Field Trip: High School Gardens: $75
  • Field Trip: Elementary School Gardens: $75
  • Field Trip: Produce Tour "Follow the Local Supply Chain": $75
  • Field Trip: Meat and Dairy Tour "Center of the Plate": $75

*Registration inludes the reception on 3/27, lunch and dinner on 3/28, and breakfast on 3/29. Conference pass does not include pre-conference activities on 3/27 - note separate fees apply. Pre-Conference activities cannot be purchased without full conference registration. Note online registration will incur 2.5% event processor fee and 3% credit card processing fee. To register using a check, register using the main registration link below, but select check as form of payment - you will be issued an invoice for payment which will include a 2.5% processing fee. All speakers, sessions and times subject to change. Cancellation policy: Up to 90 days before event: total amount paid less $50 processing fee. Up to 60 days before event: 50% refundable. Within 60 days of the event: no refunds, but we can transfer your registration to another person.


For questions or more information, email us at info@cafarmtoschoolconference.org

The California Farm To School and Garden Conference is organized by the California Farm To School Network