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What is Farm to School?

What are some top tips to help us get started on building our farm to school program?

Farm to School Grantee Blair Cousins, from Parry Sound High School in Parry Sound, Ontario, shares his tips:


Farm to School Grantee Shiba Anjum, from Oakwood Public School in Oakville, Ontario, shares her tips:


Farm to School Grantee Jenny Wheeler, from Waterloo Elementary School in Waterloo, Quebec, shares her tips:


Farm to School Grantee Alan Macdonald, from Loughborough Public School in Sydenham, Ontario, shares his tips:


Farm to School Grantee Brent Mansfield, from Lord Roberts Elementary School in Vancouver, BC, shares his tips:


Oakwood public school shares how they launched their program (starts at 41:15):


Check out Sustain Ontario’s Embracing Local Food Literacy Webinar and Tipsheet:

Search for farm to school stories using any search terms that you like – see the tag filter box at the top of the sidebar to the right

How can we make salad bar logistics work?

Running the Salad Bar


Huband Park Elementary School shares how they run their salad bar:


Farm to School Grantee Lori Furfaro, from College Heights Secondary School in Guelph, Ontario, shares her tips:


Farm to School Grantee Brent Mansfield, from Lord Roberts Elementary School in Vancouver, BC, shares his tips:


Farm to School Grantee Alan Macdonald, from Loughborough Public School in Sydenham, Ontario, shares his tips:


Farm to School Grantee Derek Brez, from Sir Guy Carleton Secondary School in Ottawa, Ontario, shares his tips:


Farm to School Grantee Shiba Anjum, from Oakwood Public School in Oakville, Ontario, shares her tips:


Engaging Volunteers

Farm to School Grantee Alan Macdonald, from Loughborough Public School in Sydenham, Ontario, shares his tips:


Farm to School Grantee Shiba Anjum, from Oakwood Public School in Oakville, Ontario, shares her tips:


Costing out the salad bar


Farm to School Grantee Shiba Anjum, from Oakwood Public School in Oakville, Ontario, shares her tips:


Farm to School Grantee Derek Brez, from Sir Guy Carleton Secondary School in Ottawa, Ontario, shares his tips:


Farm to School Grantee Blair Cousins, from Parry Sound High School in Parry Sound, Ontario, shares his tips:

Farm to School Grantee Brent Mansfield, from Lord Roberts Elementary School in Vancouver, BC, shares his tips:


Our Guide for 2020 Grant Applicants Webinar answers this question (at time 33:20)

Menus and recipes

Tracking Student Orders

Farm to School Grantee Jenny Wheeler, from Waterloo Elementary School in Waterloo, Quebec, shares her tips:


Equipment

How do we make sure we have food safety taken care of?


Farm to School Grantee Lori Furfaro, from College Heights Secondary School in Guelph, Ontario, shares her tips:


Farm to School Grantee Brent Mansfield, from Lord Roberts Elementary School in Vancouver, BC, shares his tips:

How do we build and maintain our farm to school team?


Farm to School Grantee Brent Mansfield, from Lord Roberts Elementary School in Vancouver, BC, shares his tips:


Farm to School Grantee Blair Cousins, from Parry Sound High School in Parry Sound, Ontario, shares his tips:


Farm to School Grantee Patrick Gale, from Edward Milne Community School in Sooke, BC, shares his tips:


Check out Sustain Ontario’s Embracing Local Food Literacy Webinar (especially starting at 03:00) and Tipsheet :

How can we access local food and engage local farmers?


Farm to School Grantee Patrick Gale, from Edward Milne Community School in Sooke, BC, shares his tips:


Farm to School Grantee Lori Furfaro, from College Heights Secondary School in Ontario, shares her tips:


Farm to School Grantee Blair Cousins, from Parry Sound High School in Parry Sound, Ontario, shares his tips:


Farm to School Grantee Shiba Anjum, from Oakwood Public School in Oakville, Ontario, shares her tips:


Farm to School Grantee Brent Mansfield, from Lord Roberts Elementary School in Vancouver, BC, shares his tips:


How do we grow and prepare food to support school meals?

How can we integrate a salad bar and other aspects of healthy food into the curriculum?


Farm to School Grantee Brent Mansfield, from Lord Roberts Elementary School in Vancouver, BC, shares his tips:


Farm to School Grantee Aileen Collier, from Waterloo Elementary School in Waterloo, Quebec, shares her tips:


Farm to School Grantee Derek Brez, from Sir Guy Carleton Secondary School in Ottawa, Ontario, shares his tips:


Farm to School Grantee Alan Macdonald, from Loughborough Public School in Sydenham, Ontario, shares his tips:


Farm to School Grantee Patrick Gale, from Edward Milne Community School in Sooke, BC, shares his tips:


Check out our webinar Edible Education at Lord Roberts: Lessons from a Food Literacy Learning Process:


Check out Sustain Ontario’s Teaching Local Food Literacy Webinar and Tipsheet :


Check out Sustain Ontario’s Cooking Up Local Food Literacy Webinar and Tipsheet :


Check out Sustain Ontario’s Growing Local Food Literacy Webinar and Tipsheet :

How can we market / promote the salad bar to students and keep students engaged?


Farm to School Grantee Alan Macdonald, from Loughborough Public School in Sydenham, Ontario, shares his tips:


Farm to School Grantee Lori Furfaro, from College Heights Secondary School in Ontario, shares her tips:


Learn from Eastdale Collegiate’s Salad Bar Program

How can our program advance environmental aims?


Farm to School Grantee Derek Brez, from Sir Guy Carleton Secondary School in Ottawa, Ontario, shares his tips:


Farm to School Grantee Aileen Collier, from Waterloo Elementary School in Waterloo, Quebec, shares her tips:


Farm to School Grantee Brent Mansfield, from Lord Roberts Elementary School in Vancouver, BC, shares his tips:


Farm to School Grantee Patrick Gale, from Edward Milne Community School in Sooke, BC, shares his tips:


Farm to School Grantee Blair Cousins, from Parry Sound High School in Parry Sound, Ontario, shares his tips:


Farm to School BC’s Webinar: Can Schools Make Food Waste Reduction Go Viral?

How can we implement farm to school / local food to school in our Indigenous and/or remote community?

How do we fund our farm to school program?

While a lot can be done without funds (e.g. involving community partners and in-class teaching), many farm to school efforts need funding. Sign up to receive timely updates including funding opportunties.

Here is a list of some funding opportunities that you could explore:


Consider organizing a farm to school fundraiser

How can we access inspiring farm to school stories?

There are so many inspiring farm to school stories! You can check out many on our blog and at the bottom of the Farm to School Canada Grants page. Also try to search for specific terms using the box at the top of the right sidebar.

You can find more inspiring videos on our blog

How do we evaluate our program to tell our farm to school story and celebrate our success?

Is there evidence that we could use to communicate the benefits of farm to school?

How can we make sure that our program lives on after the time of the grant?

How do we get involved in Canada's farm to school movement?

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