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WCPS workers prep and process produce
17
Aug

WCPS Workers Prep and Process Produce

Photo: Ric Dugan/Staff Photographer WILLIAMSPORT — Williamsport High School’s kitchen smelled like home cooking Tuesday as food-service workers were making “homemade” marinara sauce. The sauce was being cryovaced so Washington County Public Schools students can enjoy it this school year, said Jody Francisco, manager of culinary development. This is the first of four weeks where food-service...
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School gardens offer learning opportunities, fresh produce
17
Aug

School Gardens Offer Learning Opportunities, Fresh Produce

A local school garden project is providing not only fresh produce, but also a number of learning opportunities for the students. Students at Beckley-Stratton Middle School have helped grow the seeds, plant the vegetables and beautify the spaces where three gardens are located at the school. The first garden, located behind Beckley Elementary School, was...
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Building A Successful Farm To School Movement: One Person, One Plot, One Policy At A Time
17
Aug

Building A Successful Farm To School Movement: One Person, One Plot, One Policy At A Time

What does it take for a school district to be able to offer fresh, local, unprocessed food to its students? Chaffee County, Colorado found that the key ingredients are supportive school district administration, a strong school wellness policy, a food service director and staff passionate about incorporating locally grown foods into school meals, and buy-in...
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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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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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