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In 2016, Farm to Cafeteria Canada partnered the Whole Kids Foundation to deliver $500K in Farm to School grants to 50 BC and ON schools  in order to support efforts to bring the local harvest to the school cafeteria where the food could be dished up in a salad bar! These 50 schools were asked to write a short story describing the activities that were underway to engage students in growing, cooking, and eating healthy, local, and sustainable foods through their Farm to School programs.
Below are the wonderful stories we received! Each story illumiuminates a bee hive of activity engaging students, volunteers, cooks, chefs, teachers, principals, parents, gardeners and bakers, farmers, and cheese makers alike. The impact and the benefits of the programs jump off the page. We hope they inspire you as they did us!

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“The salad bar was a huge hit today. Local carrots, kale salad with Hollyhock dressing, 3 potato salads -a traditional, a wasabi & a vinaigrette; (our vegan option) Amazing nut[...]
Farm to School has been a valuable part of Sk’aadgaa Naay Elementary School  school’s food program during the 2016/17 school year. A recent  grant provided  the opportunity to incr[...]
How to make your Farm to School Program more exciting than recess? Take your students to the great outdoor classroom for a food adventure! Recently, Sen Pok Chin students from Oliv[...]
I remember the first attempts to engage students in Farm to School at George M Dawson Secondary in Masset, BC. In 2010,  the school bought fancy salad bar equipment that cost hundr[...]
Love is in the air – and in the bellies and in the fields of Mulmur, Ontario in Dufferin County – as Primrose Elementary School reflects on Year One of our new Salad Ba[...]
We have a grand vision for Farm to School at Royal Bay Secondary –  we want nothing less than full engagement of our school community in the creation of sustainable food syst[...]
École secondaire Hanmer is a small French high school situated in a rural Northern Ontario community with a population size of 180 students (grade 7-12). Our journey leading up to [...]
In nature there is no waste, merely a cycle of cycles. One thing always leads to another. What a beautiful model to emulate. It is hard to say where the Loughborough Public School [...]
The Little School that ROARS – seriously, we do. Sir Charles Tupper Secondary in Vancouver, BC is a ‘small’ high school, grades 8-12, of about 1,000 students. Our mascot is a tiger[...]