Florida Senate - 2018 SB 1732 By Senator Torres 15-01675-18 20181732__ 1 A bill to be entitled 2 An act relating to school garden programs; creating s. 3 1003.483, F.S.; requiring the Department of Education, 4 in collaboration with the Department of Agriculture 5 and Consumer Services, to annually provide to school 6 districts certain information relating to school 7 garden programs; authorizing schools that establish a 8 school garden program to allow certain students to 9 select and receive produce from the garden on a 10 specified day each week; authorizing school garden 11 programs to establish procedures; exempting 12 participating schools from certain statutes and rules; 13 providing an effective date. 14 15 Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida: 16 17 Section 1. Section 1003.483, Florida Statutes, is created 18 to read: 19 1003.483 School garden programs.— 20 (1) The Department of Education, in collaboration with the 21 Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, shall annually 22 provide information to each school district related to 23 establishing a school garden program at schools within the 24 district. The information must include, but need not be limited 25 to, requirements for establishing a school garden program, state 26 grants available for school garden programs, and other available 27 resources. 28 (2) A school that establishes a school garden program may 29 specify one day each week on which students who qualify for free 30 or reduced-price school lunches may select and receive produce 31 from the school garden. Each program may establish procedures 32 for the distribution of the produce. 33 (3) A school that establishes a school garden program is 34 exempt from provisions of law or rule that prohibit a student 35 from receiving produce from, or consuming produce grown in, a 36 garden on school grounds. 37 Section 2. This act shall take effect July 1, 2018.