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01
Oct

Canada Digs In Report 2020

Between September 2016 and June 2020, 86 schools and 10 campuses participated in the Canada Digs In! initiative. Schools received grants of up to $10,000 to deliver farm to school salad bar programs. Students ate local and healthy food, participated in hands-on food literacy activities and connected with local food providers, growers, chefs, knowledge keepers, public...
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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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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

Agnes L Mathers’ Greenhouse Grows!

Agnes L Mathers Elementary School, Sandspit, BC 2018-2019 (Grant Year 2)       Agnes L Mathers Elementary School is in Sandspit British Columbia on Moresby Island, and is part of the archipelago called Haida Gwaii situated off the west coast of British Columbia. Our small student population enables students and teachers to spend lots of...
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03
Jul

A Dozen Local Food Heroes on What a Pandemic Teaches

Photo: British Columbians have responded with enthusiasm for local food during the public health crisis. Can we build on what we’ve learned, and make it stick? Photo: Jamil Rhajiak, UBC Farm. We asked: What has COVID-19 shown you about making our food system better? If there’s one thing the pandemic has taught all of us,...
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16
Jun

Salad Bars Bring Local Food to School

In Quebec, the buzz surrounding local food is growing, not only among citizens and institutions, but also within the provincial government. The province has been promoting healthy, local and sustainable food in public institutions for several years.   In 2018, nine Quebec schools received grants of up to $10,000 as part of the Farm to...
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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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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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