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NFTS_logo_colorAs many of us know, October is National Farm to School Month -- a time for lifting up Farm to School stories from around the nation, celebrating how far we've come over the past decade in linking family farms and school gardens to school classrooms and cafeterias, and looking to the future for how we'll continue to grow this movement.

We've got some great things to share from around the state and on the national level to highlight the success of Farm to School Month 2014. Check them out below!

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foodcorps_7559_27055_2014_October_16_S0069793This great story was written by Ashley Marquez, the new FoodCorps service member at San Diego Unified School District. Read on to learn about her service year so far, and the impressive range of programs SDUSD offers to improve the school food environment.

“Raise your hand if you’ve never had a green grape before?,” I asked the second graders. In an instant, nearly half of them had their hands raised. Wow was the first thought that came to mind, but it was quickly washed away with an epiphany – I am in the perfect position to make a difference in my community as a FoodCorps service member at San Diego Unified School District (SDUSD).

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Daniele and Host Site supervisor Heather reviewing the HOTM kitsIn the Farm to School field, it seems like new resources are constantly whizzing by.

A new report here, a resource guide there, sample policy language abounds--it can be hard to keep up with the constant flow of information!

Today, we're highlighting 5 useful resources you may not have seen and that we think you'll enjoy. Have any others to add? Submit a comment below or send an email to us at farmtoschool@caff.org!

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Sarah with Gurmeet

Sarah Bohannon of the Center for Nutrition and Activity Promotion (CNAP), a program of CSU Chico, takes us through CNAP's Farmer of the Month program, a strategy that builds on Harvest of the Month in a fun, engaging, and farmer-friendly way through communications!

Hi! I'm Sarah Bohannon. I’ve been working as materials creator for the Farmer of the Month program at CSU Chico’s Center for Nutrition & Activity Promotion (CNAP) for a year now.

My job is to put together newsletters and videos about farmers that teach kids how food travels from the farm to their fingertips. It’s a job that’s both fun and rewarding because I get to learn from the women and men at the forefront of our food supply. I also get to see first-hand the impacts that the Farmer of the Month program has made on local farmers, teachers and students.

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Guest author Shana Wright, Harvest of the Month Project Manager at UCSD

Guest author Shana Wright, Harvest of the Month Project Manager at UCSD

Harvest of the Month (HOTM) is one of the most well-known and utilized strategies in the Farm to School Movement. Read through this account from Shana Wright, HOTM Project Manager at UC San Diego, to hear how San Diego is deepening the impact of the program with an exciting pilot project!

It isn’t often there is a true connection between the cafeteria and the classroom.

However, the Harvest of the Month in the Classroom program strives to do just that. Through connecting what students learn in the classroom to what they are eating in the cafeteria, that much needed connection is formed.

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harvest hub yoloToday'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.

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