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Developing a Farm to School Strategy to Grow Robust Farm to School Program

Photo: Maurita Prato, Executive Director of Lush Valley and co-facilitator for the first Farm to School Learning Circle guides participants through activities to stimulate conversation on goals and a vision.


COMOX, VALLEY B.C. – Enhance and transform the current systems that influences how students eat and learn about food was the focus of the first Comox Valley Farm to School Learning Circle held February 19.

Led by Jenn Meilleur, Comox Valley Coordinator, and co-facilitated by Maurita Prato, Executive Director of Lush Valley, the day-long event brought together key school and community stakeholders who have been instrumental in growing the healthy food program in some of our District schools.

Meilleur’s position is new to Comox Valley Schools. Farm to Cafeteria Canada (F2CC) and the Social Planning and Research Council (SPARC) of British Columbia developed the position to help grow opportunities for Valley students to access good nutrition.

Meilleur, with the aid of an advisory committee, is charged with leading a process to build and strengthen the community of practice around bringing healthy, local and sustainable food and food education in schools.

More in attached News Release or read online at http://www.comoxvalleyschools.ca/apps/news/article/809133

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