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Jan

Abbey-Landry School Case Study: Implementing a salad bar with the support of community partners

Abbey-Landry School is an elementary school (K-8) located in Memramcook, New Brunswick with a student population of approximately 400. Memramcook is a village with a population of about 5000. The school successfully implemented a salad bar with the support of several local organizations such as Semer dans la Vallée, Apprentis en Action and the réseau...
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20
Jan

Deadline extended – Farm to School Canada Grants 2022

In consideration of the challenging start to 2022, we have decided to extend the grant deadline from January 31 to: Friday February 18th (11:59 PST) We know many of you are working hard to get your applications completed, so we hope this extra time brings some relief.  Please note: with this extension, our new target...
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05
Jan

The Good Food Purchasing Initiative’s Guide for Growers and Food Businesses

Attention growers & food businesses! Are you interested in selling to schools and other public institutions? The Chicago Food Policy Action Council has created The Good Food Purchasing Initiative’s Guide for Growers and Food Businesses! While developed for the metro-Chicago area, growers and food businesses in other areas may benefit from this guide’s information on values-based procurement and more. ...
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01
Dec

Learning Circle Stories: from Tk’emlups te Secwépemc and Skeetchestn Indian Band

“When you are wanting something to grow, you need to start with the children.” – Learning Circle Participant In 2019 F2CC, in partnership with the Social Planning & Research Council of BC, provided a Local Food to School Learning Circle Grant to Q’wemtsín Health Society (QHS) to support Sk’elep School of Excellence, from Tk’emlups te...
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01
Dec

Discover Quebec’s Farm to School initiatives through Équiterre’s video clips!

Since 2018, Équiterre has supported 15 schools to establish sustainable food projects and educational activities in their communities. These schools received grants as part of the Farm to School Canada Grants program, allowing them to involve students in growing, harvesting, preparing, processing, and serving healthy, local, and eco-responsible food in a regularly offered salad bar....
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26
Nov

Hydroponics in the Classroom

Hydroponics systems are more popular than ever as a teaching tool in schools. With short growing seasons in many areas of Canada, hydroponics systems allow students to engage in experiential learning, year-round. In this blog post, we’ll equip you with the tools and resources you need to decide if hydroponics is right for your classroom...
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18
Nov

Learning from the Land – A written compilation of resources and stories

“Learning from the Land: Resources and stories from K-12 schools engaging with Indigenous plants and pedagogy”, published in November 2021 by our BC project partner Public Health Agency of BC (PHABC), is a written compilation of resources and stories highlighting programs related to Indigenous plants and pedagogy within schools located in what is colonially known...
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04
Nov

Join our Conversation on Land-Based Learning

Mark your calendars! CoP conversation on Land-Based Learning  Tues Nov 16 at 12:30 PST / 3:30 EST / 4:30 AST Farm to school, also known as local food to school, is grounded in re-learning, re-establishing and acknowledging and supporting existing place-based food systems. As F2CC works to advance food systems rooted in place, and as...
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01
Nov

Setting Sail with Sea to School

The following story has been shared by Chris Peters, teacher at St. Bonaventure’s College in Newfoundland and Labrador In Spring 2021 Food First NL and Fishing for Success hosted a Sea to School webinar with the support of F2CC. This webinar got me thinking. As a result of it, and in consultation with Kimberly Orren,...
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20
Oct

Food Forests — edible landscapes that do more than feed us

In celebration of this year’s Farm to School Month, which is focusing on land-based learning, we wanted to dive into the benefits of food forests, and why schools and communities across the country are putting them in place. In this CBC article, for instance, Port Elgin Regional School in Ontario highlighted how they “worked with...
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Today is Family Literacy Day and this year's theme is: Learning in the Great Outdoors 🌱🍓🌳🏵️How perfect! Last fall we celebrated all the ways that farm to school is grounded in land-based learning. We have seen the healthy impacts of outdoor classrooms and we encourage hands-on-learning as part of the school curriculum! bit.ly/34iYnsgHow do YOU learn in the great outdoors?Check out resources and activities with Life Literacy Canada: abclifeliteracy.ca/all-programs/family-literacy-day/@abclifeliteracy #farm2school #landbasedlearning #outdoorclassrooms #handsonlearning ... See MoreSee Less
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It has been 5 years since the launch of the Farm to School Canada Grant program. Incredibly, that program has now afforded more than 53,000 students in 133 schools right across Canada an opportunity to feast on healthy local foods at school.One of most important aspects of the grant program continues to be it's FLEXIBILITY, underpinned by the understanding that a cookie cutter approach to school food is NOT going to work in Canada. To close the distance between children, their food and their land, in this vast country with it’s diverse ecosystems and its multicoloured tapestry of people and food culture, the program needs to meet children, schools, and whole communities where they were at. It also needs to be developed, and driven by the community - the school and the local food system community.Today, if you visit any of these schools you will likely see a whole lot more than a salad bar. School greenhouses, gardens, farms, smoke houses, root cellars, kitchens, and/or dining areas are commonplace in recipient schools. And in these places, often the heartbeat of the school, you will likely see dozens of excited children happily digging in.I suppose this is why I am thrilled to see that F2CC and WKF have put out another call for proposals. Up to $10,000 per school is available. If your school has a vision, partners, and a plan, please send in a proposal. Deadline January 31, 2022. www.farmtocafeteriacanada.ca/our-work/farm-to-school-grants/ ... See MoreSee Less
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