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Northern Fruit and Vegetable Program launched at local schools
12
Feb

Northern Fruit and Vegetable Program Launched at Local Schools

Photo: Iverson Beaver (right), 8, a student at Algonquin Avenue Public School, helps make a smootie surprise using squash as the secret ingredient, part of the Northern Fruit and Vegetable Program launched on Thursday, Feb. 7, 2019. (Leith Dunick, tbnewswatch.com) Nearly 16,000 elementary students at 87 Northwestern Ontario schools expected to take part in the program,...
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Why Farm-to-Institution Sourcing is the Sleeping Giant of Local Food
25
Jan

Why Farm-to-Institution Sourcing is the Sleeping Giant of Local Food

Strategists are following the money to schools, corporate cafeterias, and hospitals in hopes of rebuilding local economies and bringing healthy food access—literally in through the back door. The next time someone points to the need for more farmers’ markets as a way to help move local food from a trend to a substantive cultural shift,...
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03
Jan

Denver’s New Sales Tax is the First in the Nation to Benefit Kids’ Health

The unprecedented new measure establishes a minimal sales tax to support healthy food access and food education programs for Denver youth over the next 10 years. The biggest takeaway from the recent election night in Colorado was the state’s historic blue wave, with Democratic candidates winning every statewide office and taking control of the state Senate. But...
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She’s Planting the Seeds of Indigenous Food Sovereignty
10
Dec

She’s Planting the Seeds of Indigenous Food Sovereignty

Photo: Baby Magnus gets a taste of siák̓vṇaɫ courtesy of his grandfather Larry and his mother Jessie Housty. Photo by Ian Gill. How Jessie Housty feeds the growth of her Heiltsuk culture and community. “I want to stress that we have no idea what we are doing.” So says ’Cúagilákv Jessie Housty, a self-described “community...
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06
Dec

SOYL: Empowering Youth to Grow Food and Themselves

This year, 5000 children and youth have grown good food AND themselves in Fresh Roots programs like SOYL, their youth-empowerment program. They are trying to raise $10,000 by December 31, 2018 to support even more young people, so please donate now at http://freshroots.ca/donate! Filmed and edited by Farzine Macrae of Macrae Multimedia (http://macraemultimedia.ca) From Fresh...
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BC School Fruit and Vegetable Nutritional Program Evaluation
03
Dec

BC School Fruit and Vegetable Nutritional Program Evaluation

A Summary Report of the BC School Fruit & Vegetable Nutritional Program evaluation conducted in the 2017-2018 school year. The evaluation assessed program awareness among students, teachers/coordinators and families, program impact on students and their families, and program use by teachers to support delivery of the BC curriculum. The evaluation was led by BC Agriculture...
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Hamilton's St. Jean de Brebeuf students sample new salad bar
03
Dec

Hamilton’s St. Jean de Brebeuf students sample new salad bar

Photo: Hospitality students Lucas Blake and Adrian Kobylt prepare the free taco bowls handed out to St. Jean de Brebeuf students Nov. 29 as part of the celebration of a grant from Farm to School Canada to launch a salad bar in the student-run cafeteria. – Metroland staff New initiative started after Farm to School Canada...
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School food initiative expands to 9 Island schools
26
Nov

School Food Initiative Expands to 9 PEI Schools

Photo: The province is trying to get healthier options in P.E.I.’s school cafeterias and increase student education and awareness about food. (Brittany Spencer/CBC) Province aims to roll-out healthy school food pilots at 9 schools by fall 2019 Students from nine Island schools will get their chance to weigh in on the changes they want to see to...
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What School Lunches Have to Do With Fixing Wealth Inequality
22
Nov

What School Lunches Have to Do With Fixing Wealth Inequality

Photo: Photo by Steve Debenport/Getty Images  Dismantling a capitalist food system could begin with schools, which nationwide spend about $3 billion on food contracts. Once a year, Russell Farms in Brackney, Pennsylvania, hosts a harvest celebration, where students from nearby Tioga Central School District in New York state get to visit, talk to farmers and pick...
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