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14
Nov

From Planters to a School Food Forest

Toronto’s Kapapamahchakwew Wandering Spirit School has big plans for a sustainable food system Ismaila Alfa from CBC’s Metro Morning in Toronto met with a class at Toronto’s Kapapamahchakwew Wandering Spirit School, a 2022 Farm to School Canada grant recipient. He spoke with the Outdoor Education teacher, Laurie LaBrecque, as the grade 3 class was playing the three sisters...
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05
Aug

Small Beginnings Grow Big

Palmerston Avenue Public School, Toronto, ON Grant term 2020-2022 Palmerston Avenue Public School is located in the Seaton Village area of the downtown Toronto Annex community. The school was first built in 1889. In 1897 a third floor was added and in 1915 the Annex building was constructed. The newer building opened in 1956. Palmerston...
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18
Jul

Students Exploring Nutrition and Making Connections

Wiikwemkoong High School – Wikwemikong, ON Grant term 2020-2022 The Wiikwemkoong High School provided opportunities to enhance student’s learning and understanding of a variety of concepts through the green industries course offered. The students focused on growing vegetables from the seeds in the community greenhouse, to rearing them and transplanting them into the local community...
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08
Jun

Port Burwell – a Small School that Dreams Big

Port Burwell Public School, Port Burwell, ON Grant term 2020-2022 Port Burwell PS is a K-6 school of 130 students is a rural port village on the shore line of Lake Erie in Southwest Ontario. In our final grant year, we are getting closer every day to enjoying our salad bar service goals! Geographic isolation...
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07
Jun

Salad Bar…but first, Squash

Kitchener-Waterloo Collegiate and Vocational School, Kitchener, ON Grant term 2020-2022 It is without a doubt that the realities of the COVID-19 pandemic have posed various challenges to the initiation of the KCI Salad Bar. Despite this, sustainability and nutrition education have still remained at the forefront of our program. While we were not able to...
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12
May

From the beginning: St. Joseph’s Farm to Cafeteria

St. Joseph’s Catholic School, Port Elgin, ON Grant term 2020-2022 St. Joseph’s Catholic School, in Port Elgin, Ontario, had our Farm to Cafeteria plan all laid out.   We had a purchase plan, we had a time frame, we had volunteers already to start our big plans, and we  were excited.  Then COVID came, and we...
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23
Jul

West Ferris Gets Packing and Provides Take Home Garden Kits During Covid

West Ferris Intermediate and Secondary School, North Bay, Ontario Grades 7-12 2020-2021 (Grant Year 1) Seed Grant Recipient West Ferris Intermediate and Secondary School, located in North Bay Ontario and has 325 intermediate and 684 secondary students. In February 2021, West Ferris recognized 50 years of education and community connection, and in March, they were...
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23
Jun

Heritage Public School – Connecting Kids During Covid

Heritage Public School, Navan, Ontario 267 students, grades JK-8 2020-2021 (Grant Year 1) When we received our F2S Grant in October 2020, Heritage Public School’s staff, students and local community were elated at the idea of bringing fresh, local foods and food literacy programming into the classroom. The plan for the 2020-21 school year included...
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24
Mar

Roots to Harvest Case Study: Outdoor Food Literacy deemed an “Essential Service” during COVID-19

Roots to Harvest is a non-profit organization that offers employment and experiential education opportunities in Thunder Bay, Ontario. Their mission is to use food as a tool to connect people to one another and build belonging and dignity through meaningful programs, initiatives and advocacy. Roots to Harvest’s many programs illustrate their broad mandate: Youth employment...
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## New Resource!# **Traditional Foods in Montana School Meals**This terrific new resource by **Indigikitchen.com** was created to help food service directors identify, procure, and successfully incorporate traditional, healthy foods into their breakfast and lunch programs. It is also a teaching tool to educate those interested in traditional foods about American Indian nations and tribal communities.You'll find:* Details on traditional foods of Montana* Crediting information for common traditional foods* Standardized recipes for food service directors to implement in their programs***Enjoy!***www.farmtocafeteriacanada.ca/2023/02/traditional-foods-in-montana-school-meals/#farm2school #localfood #schoolfood #indigenousfood #indigenousfoodways ... See MoreSee Less
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This is a very good food box story from the Lush Valley Food Action Society on Vancouver Island.And I have seen similar stories in more northern BC Communities (I shall forward one shortly).Yes, local and sustainable all year round IS possible. And such foods can cost LESS than the unreal prices we are currently seeing in our grocery stories. Given our institutions spend billions on food annually, insisting on targets for the procurement of local sustainable foods could be the DRIVER of the change we seek with our food systems. This is ONE big reason why I strongly encourage inclusion of the words local and sustainable in ANY asks of those who fund food in our public institutions.During the month of January, LUSH Valley distributed over 1,000 Good Food Boxes and purchased nearly $7,000 of produce directly from Comox Valley Farmers.Farms included Paradise Meadows, Beaufort Farm, Ridgewood Farms, Sieffert's Farm Market, Lentelus Farms, Two Roads Farm, Pendleton Farm, Kloverdalen Farm, Whitaker Farm, and Amara Farm. Potatoes, squash, shallots, and cabbage are only a few of the locally-grown vegetables distributed in last month’s Boxes.Good Food Boxes are available to community members for $30 each. They’re a great way to support local Farmers, incorporate more fresh foods into your diet, and give a small margin to LUSH Valley that can be put towards better nourishing our community. This week’s Good Food Boxes contain: 🍐 Pears & Apples 🥦 Broccoli & Romaine 🥕 Carrots & Cucumbers 🧅 Yellow Onions & Red Peppers 🍅 Grape Tomatoes & Sieffert's Potatoes 🍳 Eggs from Ridgewood Farms 🌿 Fresh RosemaryTo purchase your Box or Give the Gift of A Good Food Box, visit www.localline.ca/fruit-and-veg. 9:00 AM on Monday is the deadline to place an order for pick-up for that same week. ... See MoreSee Less
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What is Farm to School?
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Farm to School: Canada Digs in!
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Farm to School: Canada Digs In

Farm to School: Canada Digs in!
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New Brunswick Farm to School Guide

New Brunswick Farm to School Guide


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A New Crunch in School Lunch: BC Farm to School Salad Bar Guide.
BC Toolkit


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Tools From The Shed: Practical resources to operationalize your program
BC toolkit designed to accompany A New Crunch in School Lunch:  The BC  Farm to School Guide


F2S salad bars take root in New Brunswick

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Farm to School Frequently Asked Food Safety Questions: BC Guidelines


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USEFUL RESOURCES

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What is Farm to School?
F2CC Fact Sheets


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Farm to School: Canada Digs In
F2CC Video


Farm to School: Canada Digs In

Farm to School: Canada Digs In
F2CC Storybook


New Brunswick Farm to School Guide

New Brunswick Farm to School Guide


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For information on F2S Grants, email : grants@farmtocafeteriacanada.ca

To contact a Regional lead near you : Regional Leads

JOIN THE FARM TO SCHOOL MOVEMENT AT F2CC

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