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F2S Resource Centre

What is Farm to School?

Getting started

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

Farm to School Grantee Karen Rogers, from Salisbury Elementary School in Salisbury, New Brunswick, 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 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

Salad bar logistics

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

Tracking Food Served at the Salad Bar Services

  • Download F2CC’s Salad Bar Tracking Template – WORD / EXCEL

Food safety

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:

Building a team

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 :

Local food and Farmers

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:


 

Growing and Cooking

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

Curriculum

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 :

Engaging students

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

https://www.youtube.com/watch?reload=9&v=TLDzgqb-jGs

 

Environment

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?

Indigenous and remote communities

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

Funding

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

Planning for program sustainability

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

Inspiring stories

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.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?reload=9&v=TLDzgqb-jGs

You can find more inspiring videos on our blog

Evaluation and Sharing your own story of success

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

Evidence and Impacts

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

Farm to School Grantee Derek Brez shares some of the impacts that Sir Guy Carleton Secondary School in Ottawa, Ontario has seen from their program:


Farm to School Grantee Patrick Gale shares some of the impacts that Edward Milne Community School in Sooke, BC has seen from their program:


Farm to School Grantee Lori Furfaro shares some of the impacts that College Heights Secondary School in Guelph, Ontario has seen from their program:


Farm to School Grantee Alan Macdonald shares some of the impacts that Loughborough Public School in Sydenham, Ontario has seen from their program:


Farm to School Grantee Aileen Collier shares some of the impacts that Waterloo Elementary School in Waterloo, Ontario has seen from their program:


Farm to School Grantee Shiba Anjum shares some of the impacts that Oakwood Public School in Oakville, Ontario has seen from their program:


Farm to School Grantee Brent Mansfield shares some of the impacts that Lord Roberts Elementary School in Vancouver, BC has seen from their program:


Students from Loving Spoonful’s GROW Project in Kingston, ON, share some of the impacts that they’ve experienced from farm to school activities:


Farm to School Grantee Eastdale Collegiate Institute shares some of the impacts that they’ve experienced from their farm to school program:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?reload=9&v=TLDzgqb-jGs


The South Shore School Food Project in Nova Scotia shares some of the impacts that they’ve experienced from their farm to school program:


Get involved

How can we get involved in Canada’s Farm to School Movement?

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