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Farm to Institution New England (FINE)
05
Jan

Webinar: Food Service Management Company 101: A webinar for food system advocates

Farm to Institution New England (FINE) assembled a team of experienced “supply chain facilitators” in 2013 and 2014 to conduct research on FSMC operations and practices. They interviewed 35 current and former officials of FSMC and other food system leaders, and compiled regional and cross-sector information about the food purchasing policies and procedures of the...
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Schools Use Creative Approaches to Serve Local Foods (And to Get Kids to Eat Them)
12
Dec

Schools Use Creative Approaches to Serve Local Foods (And to Get Kids to Eat Them)

Serving locally grown food is a big trend in school cafeterias, but it can seem out-of-reach for some food-service programs, particularly those in small, rural schools. To ease the path for those schools, and to encourage innovations that others can adopt, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Farm to School program awards planning and implementation grants...
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Canada’s 1st Farm to School Month Campaign Celebrated from Coast to Coast
13
Nov

Canada’s 1st Farm to School Month Campaign Celebrated from Coast to Coast

From St John’s Newfoundland to Masset British Columbia more than 3000 Canadian children picked up their hoes, rolling pins, and forks to celebrate and partake in the nation’s first Farm to School month campaign. Whether kids were harvesting potatoes from the school garden, carving pumpkins in the classroom, making pizza in the kitchen, or wiggling...
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Nourishing School Communities
04
Nov

Webinar: From School Nutrition Policies to Reality

NRC KIDS IN FOCUS webinar series presents: Nourishing School Communities: From School Nutrition Policies to Reality When public-private partnerships work towards healthier school food. When: Thursday, December 4, 2014 Time: 12:00 PM Nourishing School Communities is a collaborative, evidence- based initiative that aims to give school children across Canada a fresh new perspective on food. Our partners...
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There's a Hospital-Food Revolution Happening in America
03
Nov

There’s a Hospital Food Revolution Happening in America

Purchasing from local farms and other producers is good for the economy and good for patients. Food-service managers and chefs from seven medical facilities along the 11-mile stretch between the downtown areas of Minneapolis and St. Paul, called the Central Corridor, met recently to eat community garden carrots and local handmade tamales. They gathered, along...
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The (Campus) Garden Guide
03
Nov

The (Campus) Garden Guide

This comprehensive booklet from our colleagues at the Real Food Challenge in the US provides a practical step by step guide to plan and implement an a campus food garden. Author Louisa Denison, a student at Harvard University designed this resource with students in mind. Whether you are at the design stage or at the...
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On Campus Food Systems: Production, Distribution and Best Practices
03
Nov

On Campus Food Systems: Production, Distribution and Best Practices

Canadian Campus food systems are changing and students are playing a big role. Increasingly the food found on student plates is fresh and local – produced in nearby gardens, farms, and waters. Food system change activity on 5 Canadian campuses as well as the benefits and barriers of this activity is illuminated in this report....
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27
Oct

Farm to Cafeteria: Canada Digs In! – October 2014, Issue 1

In this Issue: Farm to Cafeteria Canada Grows in Leaps and Bounds Nourishing School Communities – Giving  Students a Fresh New Perspective on Food Canada’s 1st Farm to School Month Campaign
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Sutherland Schoolyard Market Garden
27
Oct

Sutherland Schoolyard Market Garden

We all love great food! Imagine going to a high school with an organic vegetable farm instead of a sprawling front lawn, and having the opportunity to learn science or languages among the vegetable beds. Imagine a place where neighbours meet to buy fresh produce, learn new skills, and participate in making their community a...
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