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01
Sep

Food Justice is Racial Justice

US National Farm to School Network Movement Meeting Oct 14, 2020 01:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada) How can we shift power in our communities to create a more just food system? What community capital – resources outside of money – can help us create radical change in the ways we grow, prepare and...
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Farm-to-School Grant Funding Increases Children’s Access to Local Fruits and Vegetables in Oregon
17
Apr

Farm-to-School Grant Funding Increases Children’s Access to Local Fruits and Vegetables in Oregon

This report measures the reach of Oregon’s legislated farm-to-school grant program among school districts and children, particularly low income, and examines changes in local purchasineg, particularly fruit and vegetables, and the use of produce from school gardens in school meals.  Read the full article Authors: Kristen C. Giombi, RTI International Anupama Joshi, National Farm to...
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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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What School Lunches Have to Do With Fixing Wealth Inequality
22
Nov

What School Lunches Have to Do With Fixing Wealth Inequality

Photo: Photo by Steve Debenport/Getty Images  Dismantling a capitalist food system could begin with schools, which nationwide spend about $3 billion on food contracts. Once a year, Russell Farms in Brackney, Pennsylvania, hosts a harvest celebration, where students from nearby Tioga Central School District in New York state get to visit, talk to farmers and pick...
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Results from the 2018 National Farm to Early Care and Education Survey
13
Sep

Growing Healthy Futures for All Children

2018 US National Farm to Early Care and Education Survey The National Farm to School Network, in partnership with Michigan State University Center for Regional Food Systems, launched the 2018 National Farm to Early Care and Education Survey in the spring of 2018. We heard from 2,030 respondents serving 255,257 children in 46 states about current farm to ECE initiatives, including...
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In planting campus gardens, university students root themselves in the larger world
10
Sep

Planting Campus Gardens

Photo: Karim Wadood, a senior, pulls weeds with Abby Wallace, a sophomore, at The George Washington University’s GroW Garden. (Photo by Calla Kessler/The Washington Post) University students root themselves in the larger world On Wednesday afternoon, when the city felt trapped inside a soup cauldron, Yvana Petros, 21, crouched alongside H Street NW and dug her...
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Gardens at School Might Boost Availability of Vegetables at Home
28
Aug

Gardens at School Lead to Healthier Lifestyles for Students

Research out of the US is suggesting that school gardens could lead to healthier lifestyles in students. Below are stories on two such studies. We here in Canada are starting to see the same evidence emerge but it’s going to be important to capture this in Canadian schools. Gardens at School Might Boost Availability of Vegetables...
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Road Trip from Mexico to Canada: Experiencing Local Food
15
Dec

Road Trip from Mexico to Canada: Experiencing Local Food

In the summer of 2017, I set out on a road trip from Monterrey, Mexico, to Toronto, Canada, filming a documentary series on North American local food initiatives. During this 4,800-kilometer (3,000-mile) journey, my co-creator and I had the privilege of meeting dozens of farmers, small-business owners, community organizers, and food advocates who shared an...
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Evaluation for Transformation: A Cross Sectional Framework For Farm to School
29
Nov

Evaluation for Transformation: A Cross-Sectoral Evaluation Framework for Farm to School

This is mostly the description on the NFSN’s website: Evaluation for Transformation defines the outcomes that farm to school has the potential to achieve and it offers common language, guidelines and metrics to understand those outcomes for the first time. The framework is organized around four key sectors: public health, community economic development, education and...
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