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Students Celebrate Agriculture Literacy Month with Farm to Fork Event
08
Mar

Students Celebrate Agriculture Literacy Month with Farm to Fork Event

Photo: Two Sun West Distance Learning Centre students looking at chickpeas as they tour the University of Saskatchewan’s Agriculture Greenhouses, to learn about how breeders take plants from the wild and turn them into something consumers can eat. (Photo courtesy: Lori Gasper) High school students enrolled with the Sun West Distance Learning Centre are taking a...
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Loughborough Public School Garden and Salad Bar Program
27
Feb

Loughborough Public School Garden and Salad Bar Program

Loughbourough Public School, Sydenham, ON 2017-2018 (Year 2) We make the call on the announcements for each of the three divisions and listen for the thunder of feet to rush down to our foyer where the locally provided food awaits. Prepared just across the road by culinary students from our neighbouring high school, this food is...
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Valley secondary school salad bar launches at Isfeld
27
Feb

Valley Secondary School Salad Bar Launches at Isfeld

Photo: Students at Mark R. Isfeld Secondary lined up for their inaugural salad bar lunch Thursday morning at the school. Photo by Erin Haluschak Although there isn’t a formal cafeteria in the school, students at Mark R. Isfeld Secondary made a makeshift one in the lobby for the school’s inaugural Salad Bar Program. Thursday morning,...
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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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