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Benefits of Farm to School
28
Nov

The Benefits of Farm to School

This fact sheet offers a research-based overview of the benefits of farm to school and provides a list of sources.  Stated benefits are provided under 5 themes:  (1) Economic Development (Job Creation and Economic Activity; Farmer and Producer Income), (2) Public Health (Student Nutrition Behaviors; Knowledge, Attitudes and Access), (3) Education (Student Engagement and Academic...
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Economic Impacts of Farm to School: Case Studies and Assessment Tools
28
Nov

Economic Impacts of Farm to School: Case Studies and Assessment Tools

National Farm to School Network & Colorado State University | September 29, 2017 Farm to school offers cross-sectoral benefits for children, farmers and communities, however, limited data is available to truly understand the economic impacts of farm to school procurement. Using a survey and case study approach, this report (a collaborative project of the National Farm to...
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Five Reasons Why You Should Celebrate Farm to School Month
26
Oct

Five Reasons Why You Should Celebrate Farm to School Month

Image: The purpose of Farm to School Month is to promote the importance of farm to school activities in helping to improve child nutrition, support local economies and connect children and communities with the source of their food.  October is a busy month for both our nation’s farms and our nation’s schools. Farmers are harvesting...
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Unanimous Support Secures the Future of "Farm to School" in Oregon
26
Jul

Unanimous Support Secures the Future of “Farm to School” in Oregon

Unanimous support from the Oregon House, Senate and governor has passed a bill that supports local food in schools. House Bill 2038 allocates $4.5 million for schools to continue to buy Oregon-grown and processed foods and to support agriculture- and garden-based education. With 144 school districts participating in the program, here are some ways this...
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04
Mar

Case Study Series Highlights Local Seafood at Colleges, Schools & a Hospital in New England

At institutions throughout New England, dining staff are beginning to look to the sea as another source for local foods. Institutions from across health care, colleges & universities, and K-12 school systems are incorporating locally caught seafood into their meals for a variety of reasons and through a variety of procurement models. FINE set out...
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16
Jan

Healthy Snacks Become Lessons on Nutrition in Madison Schools

When REAP’s Farm to School program provides a healthy snack, students not only receive a serving of fruits or vegetables but also an information sheet about the snack. This is because REAP’s Farm to Food program is as much about teaching students healthy, local food in schools as it is about feeding them. The Farm...
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13
Oct

12 College Campuses Leading the Way for Sustainable Dining

Many cafeterias around the United States are working to provide students with healthy, sustainable meal options. To do this, colleges and universities are changing the way that they purchase and prepare food in their cafeterias, and many of them are beginning to source food locally. Universities can play a big role in their local and...
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WCPS workers prep and process produce
17
Aug

WCPS Workers Prep and Process Produce

Photo: Ric Dugan/Staff Photographer WILLIAMSPORT — Williamsport High School’s kitchen smelled like home cooking Tuesday as food-service workers were making “homemade” marinara sauce. The sauce was being cryovaced so Washington County Public Schools students can enjoy it this school year, said Jody Francisco, manager of culinary development. This is the first of four weeks where food-service...
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School gardens offer learning opportunities, fresh produce
17
Aug

School Gardens Offer Learning Opportunities, Fresh Produce

A local school garden project is providing not only fresh produce, but also a number of learning opportunities for the students. Students at Beckley-Stratton Middle School have helped grow the seeds, plant the vegetables and beautify the spaces where three gardens are located at the school. The first garden, located behind Beckley Elementary School, was...
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Building A Successful Farm To School Movement: One Person, One Plot, One Policy At A Time
17
Aug

Building A Successful Farm To School Movement: One Person, One Plot, One Policy At A Time

What does it take for a school district to be able to offer fresh, local, unprocessed food to its students? Chaffee County, Colorado found that the key ingredients are supportive school district administration, a strong school wellness policy, a food service director and staff passionate about incorporating locally grown foods into school meals, and buy-in...
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