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DSC_5761The California Farm to School Network's newly-formed Steering Committee has been busy these past few months. After some discussion and collaboration, we've put together a strong Values Statement and a list of Farm to School Principles that we hope define our vision for CFSN over the coming years. Take our survey below, after the jump.

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Michelle_PinterPetrilloAfter serving with AmeriCorps*National Civilian Community Corps (NCCC) and working with various non-profits, Michelle Pinter-Petrillo decided to serve another year with FoodCorps California and Oakland Unified School District. As a garden educator, Michelle manages two high school youth while simultaneously leading lessons in school gardens at East Oakland Pride (EOP) and Martin Luther King, Jr. elementary schools. Continue reading to learn how Michelle is empowering youth from these Oakland communities.

Watching a 2nd grader’s first bite of lettuce straight from the garden is a rewarding experience, but watching Oakland high school students develop and lead a lettuce tasting activity for Oakland elementary students was a service defining ‘a-ha’ moment for me.

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Chris_Massa-2After FoodCorps Service Member, Chris Massa, served 1.5 years with Ventura Unified School District in southern California. After starting a student farm with the district, Chris has moved on from his service and is now the Farm to School Operations Specialist with Ventura Unified. Read on to see Chris's findings and the importance of student-based farms.

“Is this seed really going to grow?”

This is a persistent question I encounter while learning in the garden with students from Ventura Unified School District. “If we provide it with all the necessary elements, air, sun, water, and soil, it surely will,” I reply.

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Ryan_GriffithThis week's guest blog post is presented by FoodCorps Service Member, Ryan Griffith, who is currently serving with Conejo Valley Unified School District and the Nutrition Services Department. Along with the Food Service Director, Sandy Curwood, Ryan has attended and organized local food gatherings for all partners in farm to school. Read on to learn about the Local Foods Procurement Workshop he hosted earlier this winter.

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asilomarGreat news! The schedule for the upcoming California Farm to School Conference has been released!

This year's program features thirty workshopstwo engaging plenary talks, five preconference field trips and short courses, regional breakout sessions, a delicious and innovative dinner reception, and meals featuring fresh, local food from sustainable family farmers in the central coast region of California.

See below for more on the schedule and registration:

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Ventura F2S CollaborativeDid you miss today's webinar, part two of our series on school food innovation?

Today, for the second time, we featured three amazing school foodservice directors who have grown and sustained their Farm to School success through innovations in community building.

If you weren't able to join, not to worry! Click "Continue Reading" below to access the recording of California Food for California Kids: Innovation from the Cafeteria to the Classroom, Part 2.

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