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Farm to School Canada Grants

Farm to School Canada Grants: Schools Share Their Stories

Farm to Cafeteria Canada has partnered with the Whole Kids Foundation to deliver grants directly to Canadian schools to support their plans to bring the local harvest into school cafeterias where it’s served up in a salad bar. In 2016, grants were delivered to 50 schools in BC and ON enabling thousands of students with opportunities to grow, harvest, cook, preserve and eat healthy local sustainable foods.  The full list of schools may be found here.
At the end of their first year, schools were asked to write a short story describing the activities that were underway to close the distance between the field and the tray. Below are the wonderful stories we received. Each story illuminates a bee hive of activity engaging students, volunteers, cooks, chefs, teachers, principals, parents, gardeners and bakers, farmers, and cheese makers alike. The impact and the benefits of the programs jump off the page. We hope they inspire you as they did us!

You can make friends with Salad
07
Sep

You Can Make Friends with Salad

This year at NorKam Senior Secondary in Kamloops, BC, our cafeteria class started a salad bar for a fresh, healthy addition to our regular lunch service. We began this semester by growing our own vegetables, herbs and microgreens in anticipation of improving our cafeteria’s menu selection, and quality and freshness of food. This project proved...
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02
Sep

Farm + School + Funds = Food Culture Shift

As a Principal, I have had the pleasure of observing fist hand the impact of a Farm to School Canada Grant. Farm to School funds have helped to dramatically change the food culture of our school. Our team at Lake Trail School  has been able to  leverage the funds to strengthen our partnership with Lake...
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01
Sep

Eastdale’s Salad Bar Story

Eastdale CI is a small inner city high school with about 120 students in the eastern part of downtown Toronto. Over the past five years we have identified a need at our school to have a stronger focus on food and nutrition issues. School surveys and observations told us that many of our students were...
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01
Sep

College Heights Secondary School, A Bushel of Beets…..

College Heights Secondary School in the Upper Grand District School Board has had a fantastic first year connecting our school to local food and farms, and launching a full salad bar as part of our cafeteria service. Here’s a story about a bushel of beets that was donated to our school and the amazing domino...
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01
Sep

Salad Bar Buzz at École Robb Road

The École Robb Road salad bar team is thrilled to share our school’s salad bar story with all of you. École Robb Road is in Comox, BC on Vancouver Island. We have been growing our program for a few years through fundraising and planning and the Whole Kids Foundation grant allowed our schools goal come...
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01
Sep

Nacho Ordinary Salad Day

  In October 2016, our school, Regency Acres, was pleased to join the national Farm to School movement! This year we  worked really hard to offer 8 delicious Salad Days.  Our goal?  To highlight locally sourced veggies and fruits and get our students excited about eating healthy, locally grown and unprocessed food! This year, approximately...
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01
Sep

Adventures in Horsefly

Situated in the foothills of the Cariboo Mountains, approximately 70km from the city of Williams Lake, Horsefly Elementary Junior Secondary Schools enrolls approximately 65 students a year in grades Kindergarten through 10. The community of Horsefly relies heavily on cattle, forestry and tourism as their main sources of employment; with many of our students living...
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01
Sep

Maggie’s Salad Bar

The Farm to School grant offered by Farm to cafeteria Canada and the Whole Kids Foundation was just what we needed to kick start a salad bar program at our high school in Penticton, BC.   My name is Tristan Mennell and I have the good fortune of running the Foods and Cafeteria program at...
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23
Aug

Local From Start to Finish

As a chef and the teacher responsible for the Foods’ Program at Hagersville Secondary School, Sarah Compton has always been excited to share her knowledge about the cooking and purchasing of good fresh foods. This year Sarah, rolled up her sleeves with her students to dig into Farm to School. Their vision? Local food, as...
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Microsoft Word - FINAL GRANT APPLICATION BC ON (V9) JAN 15 2016.
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