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Exploring potential to bring locally sourced food to the minds and plates of Alberta’s students!

Imagine if Alberta farmers and other local food producers provided the province’s children and youth with healthy, locally sourced food at school. As an agriculturally rich province, there is potential to connect Alberta’s students with their local food system using a Farm to School Approach, which strives to get healthy, local food in schools, support hands-on learning, and deepen schools’ connections to the local food and farming community. 

Are you interested to learn about how this is happening in other parts of Canada? 

Excited to explore how this can be expanded in Alberta? 

Join Alberta Food Matters, along with guests Farm to Cafeteria Canada and the Public Health Association of BC, as we host an information webinar on farm to school in Canada. In this webinar, we’ll provide examples of how students are not only eating healthy local food at school,  but also learning about and engaging in food production in their local communities all across the country. We’ll also discuss  the potential to grow movement right here in Alberta so that more of our students, farmers and whole communities can experience the benefits of farm to school. 


Thursday May 6, 2021

3:00pm MST
(1 hour event + 30 minute optional Question & Answer)

Speakers: 

Wanda Laurin, Chair, Alberta Food Matters
Jesse Veenstra, National Director, Farm to Cafeteria Canada
Richard Han, Provincial Manager Farm to School BC, Public Health Association of BC

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Today is Family Literacy Day and this year's theme is: Learning in the Great Outdoors 🌱🍓🌳🏵️How perfect! Last fall we celebrated all the ways that farm to school is grounded in land-based learning. We have seen the healthy impacts of outdoor classrooms and we encourage hands-on-learning as part of the school curriculum! bit.ly/34iYnsgHow do YOU learn in the great outdoors?Check out resources and activities with Life Literacy Canada: abclifeliteracy.ca/all-programs/family-literacy-day/@abclifeliteracy #farm2school #landbasedlearning #outdoorclassrooms #handsonlearning ... See MoreSee Less
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2 weeks ago

It has been 5 years since the launch of the Farm to School Canada Grant program. Incredibly, that program has now afforded more than 53,000 students in 133 schools right across Canada an opportunity to feast on healthy local foods at school.One of most important aspects of the grant program continues to be it's FLEXIBILITY, underpinned by the understanding that a cookie cutter approach to school food is NOT going to work in Canada. To close the distance between children, their food and their land, in this vast country with it’s diverse ecosystems and its multicoloured tapestry of people and food culture, the program needs to meet children, schools, and whole communities where they were at. It also needs to be developed, and driven by the community - the school and the local food system community.Today, if you visit any of these schools you will likely see a whole lot more than a salad bar. School greenhouses, gardens, farms, smoke houses, root cellars, kitchens, and/or dining areas are commonplace in recipient schools. And in these places, often the heartbeat of the school, you will likely see dozens of excited children happily digging in.I suppose this is why I am thrilled to see that F2CC and WKF have put out another call for proposals. Up to $10,000 per school is available. If your school has a vision, partners, and a plan, please send in a proposal. Deadline January 31, 2022. www.farmtocafeteriacanada.ca/our-work/farm-to-school-grants/ ... See MoreSee Less
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