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It's All About That AG
20
May

It’s All About That AG

In the US, there are 80,000 American Indian farm/ranch operators with an average age of 58. These producers are selling 3.4 billion dollars worth of raw agriculture product per year and own in excess of 96 million acres, second only to the US Government. Often overlooked is the tremendous potential of this land to create...
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23
Apr

Hospitals are Hungry for Changes in Food Service

When most of us think of “hospital food,” we think meatloaf and Jell-O — basically bland, tasteless, and not particularly healthy. Traditionally, the hospital was someplace where you had to eat, not a place where you would choose to eat. And the cafeteria was mainly a place for time-challenged staff and distracted guests to eat...
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Using Food Hubs to Create Sustainable FTS Programs
16
Apr

Using Food Hubs to Create Sustainable FTS Programs

This document serves as an overview of four Vermont food hubs’ efforts responding to an institutional demand for locally grown products. Farm-to-School programs have progressively expanded across the state of Vermont, thus stimulating a widespread increase in both local food supply and effective distribution. With a focus on food hubs to develop more sustainable Farm-to-School...
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Colorado may pay to get more local food in schools
24
Feb

Colorado May Pay to Get More Local Food in Schools

Photo: Third graders at Zach Elementary School in Fort Collins pick and choose fruits and vegetables from a produce bar. – Coloradoan library. A Colorado bill to spend about $5 million to put more local produce in school cafeterias passed its first testWednesday at the Legislature. But the measure passed by a single vote after complaints...
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Farm to School Bills Aim to Teach Students to Produce Own Food
24
Feb

Hawaii Introduces Bills to Teach Students to Produce Own Food

When children go to school, they learn to read and write so they can get a good job or go to college. But what most don’t learn in school today is how to produce their own food. A bill that would help students learn to feed themselves in a sustainable way passed through the Senate...
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Seed-to-plate program teaches students STEM skills, nutrition
05
Feb

Seed-to-Plate Program Teaches Students STEM Skills, Nutrition

How many fourth-graders know what kohlrabi is? Jared Fangman, 10, not only knows what the cabbage family member looks like, but has tried it, though he still likes tomatoes better. “You have to wash it off first and then take a bite,” he said. Fangman is one of nearly 190 students at Brookwood Elementary School...
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Making the Measure: A Toolkit for Tracking the Outcomes of Community Gardens and Urban Farms
05
Feb

Making the Measure: A Toolkit for Tracking the Outcomes of Community Gardens and Urban Farms

Community gardeners and urban farmers across North America are using an innovative research toolkit developed in New York City to measure and track the impacts of their work. A small group of dedicated gardeners created the toolkit in mid-2013 as part of the Five Borough Farm initiative of the Design Trust for Public Space, a...
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Five Borough Farm Data Collection Toolkit: Protocols for measuring the outcomes and impacts of community gardens and urban farms
05
Feb

Five Borough Farm Data Collection Toolkit

Protocols for measuring the outcomes and impacts of community gardens and urban farms This Toolkit is designed to help you measure and track the activities and outputs in your farm and garden according to five categories: Food Production Data, Environmental Data, Social Data, Health Data, and Economic Data. Each of these sections contains specific methods...
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San Diego Hospitals Working To Make Their Food Tasty
29
Jan

San Diego Hospitals Working To Make Their Food Tasty

Photo: Photo by Roland Lizarondo When you think of hospitals, tasty food doesn’t usually come to mind — whether it’s dining choices in the cafeteria or for patients — but hospitals throughout San Diego County are trying to change that reputation. Take San Diego’s Sharp Memorial Hospital, where chefs and cooks are working to dish out...
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Would Kids Eat More Veggies If They Had Recess Before Lunch?
29
Jan

Would Kids Eat More Veggies If They Had Recess Before Lunch?

Photo: Micheal Sears/MCT/Landov Schools are offering more and more healthy foods for lunch. And schools that participate in the National School Lunch program require students to choose a fruit and a vegetable side. Yet plate waste is a big problem in schools; as The Salt has reported, kids throw away anywhere from 24 to 35 percent...
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