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08
Sep

Outdoor Education: a forward-thinking approach to back-to-school

As September rolls around, the age-old concept of “back-to-school” just doesn’t have the same ring as past years.  According to a recently released United Nations policy brief, education as we know it will be fundamentally different, not just today but into the future.  Rather than going “back to school,“, we need different and forward-thinking approaches. One that is...
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24
Aug

George Brown College releases new report: Generating Success for Farm to School

George Brown College has released 2 new resources as a result of a 3-year partnership with Farm to Cafeteria Canada, Sustain Ontario and Ecosource:  A research paper entitled Generating Success for Farm to School, written by Gary Hoyer and Chinh Do. This paper explores the many benefits of the farm to school approach and illustrates...
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Fresh & Local Farm to School: Snack Recipe Cookbook, Student Workshop & Lab Manual
17
Aug

Fresh & Local Farm to School: Snack Recipe Cookbook, Student Workshop & Lab Manual

As a result of a 3-year partnership with Farm to Cafeteria Canada, Sustain Ontario, and Ecosource, Gary Hoyer at George Brown College has released Fresh & Local Farm to School: Snack Recipes, Student Workshops & Lab Manual, a summary of recipes and workshop materials that were created by faculty and students for use at workshops...
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06
Jul

Plastic Free July

With the immediacy of a pandemic it can be easy to shift our attention away from the on-going climate crisis, but now more than where we need to do what we can to reduce single-use items. The pandemic has made this challenging in many ways, including in our food system. From temporarily banning BYOB (bring...
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26
Jun

The Crunch Cafe Salad Bar at St Luke’s

St. Luke Catholic Elementary School Oakville, Ontario 2018-2019 (Grant Year 2) St. Luke School in Oakville has just finished its second full school year offering the Crunch Cafe Salad Bar to its students.    First introduced in the fall of 2018, the Crunch Cafe provides students with a variety of fresh vegetables, fruit, protein and...
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Loughborough Public School: Climate Action and Reconciliation through Food Literacy
22
Jun

Loughborough Public School: Climate Action and Reconciliation through Food Literacy

Photos: At Loughborough Public School near Kingston, Ontario – a Legacy School identified by the Downie Wenjak Foundation for their work towards Truth and Reconciliation – students are learning how to grow and prepare their own food, while connecting with the land and their community. Through experiential learning, students are immersed in projects that bring...
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Photo by Alyson McPhee on Unsplash
10
Jun

Learning about Food at Home: inspiration & resources in the time of COVID-19

Photo by Alyson McPhee on Unsplash While COVID-19 calls for physical distancing, more than ever the world is socially connected, and a hot topic of conversation is food. The pandemic has ramped-up a growing movement in civil society to rediscover and reclaim food systems. Institutions like schools are front and centre because of the essential role they...
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Case Study: The Good Food Challenge at the University of Victoria, Farm to Healthcare
02
Jun

Case Study: The Good Food Challenge at the University of Victoria

This case study explores farm to campus activities at the University of Victoria, a participating campus in the Farm to School: Canada Digs In! initiative.  Read this case study if you’re interested in understanding how Meal Exchange’s Good Food Challenge can be applied to not only increase the amount of healthy, just and sustainably produced food on campuses but how doing...
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Chef Joshna Maharaj believes institutional food could be tasty and nourishing
02
Jun

Chef Joshna Maharaj believes institutional food could be tasty and nourishing

Photo: Joshna Maharaj’s book Take Back the Tray: Revolutionising Food in Hospitals, Schools and Institutions is a call-to-arms for chefs and administrators alike. (@joshnamaharaj/Twitter.com, ECW Press) Why hospital food is so bad and how we can make it better May 29, 2020 www.cbc.ca/radio/thesundayedition Is there anything more unappetizing than hospital food? The very mention of it...
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Farm to School, Farm to School Canada
16
Jan

Students at Ottawa Alternate Program Enjoy Salad Bar Learning Opportunities

Elizabeth Wynwood Secondary School, Ottawa, ON 2018-2019 (Grant Year 1) There’s an old adage about how food brings people together. The students at Elizabeth Wyn Wood alternate program have experienced that first hand since we received a farm to school salad bar grant in 2018. Our school is a unique secondary alternate program for students...
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