Today's guest post is served up by Kristy Levings, CFSN Regional Lead and Project Director of Farm to School Yolo, which is part of the Yolo County Department of Agriculture. Whether or not you're near to her exciting Farm to School work in the Sacramento Valley, you'll love these promising practices for pulling off a great scratch cooking class!
Sometimes, to really make change, you have to roll up your sleeves and get in the kitchen.
Here in Yolo County, we’ve had the unique opportunity to facilitate a CDFA California Specialty Crop Block Grant focused on developing the Farm to School effort and increasing school district procurement of specialty crops grown on local farms.
Sarah Ting, superstar FoodCorps service member, international jetsetter, and Oakland native wraps up our series on Oakland's many inspirational Farm to School initiatives with this excellent summary of the district's famous community markets. (For other OUSD posts, click the "OUSD" tag to the right of your screen!)
“If the organic mandarins are $1 per pound and our customer is asking for 2.5 pounds, what is her total?”
Every week, a fifth grader comes to our school produce market to volunteer his help by weighing fresh fruits and vegetables from local family farms and calculating totals for customers. He used to walk back and forth outside the elementary school simply waiting for his mother to pick him up, but now he passes the time by engaging in his favorite subject: math!
We are excited to announce that our Steering Committee has been formed!
We have a total of twenty members who represent stakeholders from all over California and from many different communities. With representation from the urban to the rural, from school gardens to foodservice, from farmers to policymakers and everyone in between, we've put together an amazing team of leaders to help guide the California Farm to School Network as we continue to organize and align Farm to School efforts across the state.
Who said Farm to School couldn't be fun?
Today's guest author is Erin Derden-Little: sharp-witted Humboldt County native, farm to cafeteria MVP, and Regional Food Systems Coordinator in CAFF's Redwood Coast Office. Read on to learn how she turned a stroke of luck into a wildly successful Farm to School event for her region!
Have you ever heard an offer that was almost too good to be true?
Imagine our surprise when local rancher Clint Victorine made the following proposal - “I want to donate beef to every school in Humboldt County.” And not just any beef: top-quality, grass-fed, Eel River Organic Beef from Hydesville in the beautiful, lush Eel River Valley.
NEW DUE DATE: MAY 31st, 2014
Job alert! We are very pleased and excited to announce that the CFSN is issuing an RFP (Request for Proposals) for a conference planner to support the 2015 California Farm to School Conference in Santa Cruz.
Below you can find the full RFP, and as always, feel free to contact us with any questions!
Conference Planner RFP
Today's guest blogger is Oakland-based FoodCorps service member Danielle Nahal. You'll want to read this one all the way through.
FoodCorps service member and guest author Danielle Nahal at Stonehurst Elementary in East Oakland
There are few places more exciting to be as a FoodCorps service member than Oakland Unified School District (OUSD). The district has made incredible strides both in their school garden programs as well as their school lunch initiatives, where the California Thursdays program has begun serving entirely California sourced, scratch-cooked meals every week across more than 80 schools.