Written by: Colin Cureton, San Diego Childhood Obesity Initiative and CFSN San Diego Regional Lead
On a hot Friday morning in early September, over 30 people convened in Carlsbad, CA for the latest CFSN SoCal regional meeting. Members of the San Diego County Farm to School Taskforce and Orange County Farm to School Taskforce in attendance included SoCal school districts, local farmers, produce distributors, local government, universities, nonprofits, and more. The meeting was facilitated by Community Health Improvement Partners (CHIP), which houses the San Diego County Farm to School Taskforce. ...continue reading
Written by: Sheila McQuaid, Farm to Fork Coordinator and CFSN North Valley Regional Lead with Center for Healthy Communities (CHC)
The North Valley Region of the California Farm to School Network is comprised mainly of small, rural school districts. Our regional gathering has been focusing on creating community between the nutrition services teams from these districts via a day of connection, education, and celebration of their work. Last year we had teams from four districts demonstrate scratch cooking recipes, and then we all sat down and shared them for lunch.
Written by: Communications Team of North Bay Children's Center (NBCC) in Sonoma County, CA.
The Garden of Eatin’ program of the North Bay Children’s Center (NBCC), which incorporates garden experiences and a culture of wellness into the daily curriculum of over 400 children, is aimed at setting the course for a lifetime of healthy choices. Though the children are at the core of this program, the focus extends beyond what the children eat, their required time in the garden, and the amount of activity needed each day. Holding all staff and teachers to our internal standard of heath as well, not only inspires healthy choices among NBCC adults, but it also allows for positive modeling, which is a critical component to creating long lasting healthy habits. ...continue reading
Written by: Sarah Stowell, FoodCorps Service Member with North Coast Opportunities
Using a blender bicycle to make 150-300 smoothies a day with elementary students has become a regular occurrence during my service term. It has been a sure fire way to introduce kale, spinach, or other “super greens” to the pickiest of eaters. I’ve gotten used to students as young as kindergarten or as old as 8th grade coming up to me after trying their smoothie, which consists of at least 50% super greens, and telling me that they didn’t think they liked kale or spinach or turnip greens and that now they are going to make super green smoothies at home with their families. ...continue reading
Written by: Chelsea Sarg, FoodCorps Service Member with Community Alliance with Family Farmers (CAFF) North Coast
One of the most important lessons I have learned as a Foodcorps service member this past year is the importance of partnerships. The basis of a Foodcorps position is a partnership in itself; I serve as the Foodcorps service member for the non-profit, Community Alliance with Family Farmers (CAFF), which serves their farmer members and local schools. That's a mouthful for the usually 20 seconds I have to explain to parents or farmers what it is that "I do." But it's not all for naught; these partnerships mean I can work across a large spectrum of subjects and with a variety of people. ...continue reading