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Screen Shot 2015-03-12 at 12.19.03 PMThis week's cross blogpost is shared by Life Lab, a 35 year old non-profit based in Santa Cruz, California. As a national leader in garden-based education, Life Lab continues to engage families and youth with ongoing field trips, children's camp programs, teacher workshops and the teen youth empowerment program "Food, What?!".

See below for Life Lab's extensive list of Spanish language resources for your school garden and lessons.

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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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Sacramento ValleyProcurement enthusiasts, this one's for you!

Kristy Lyn Levings is the Project Director of Farm to School Yolo housed at the Yolo County Department of Agriculture. She is also part of the farming team at Chowdown Farm raising livestock and retailing at local farmers markets. She is the CAFF Regional Lead for the Sacramento Valley. Please visit their website: www.HarvestHubYolo.com for more information about Yolo County, its products, and its people.

In our last blog post, we explored the nuts and bolts of putting together our ‘Farms & Schools Marketplace Exchange’ and why. This large event brought farmers and school food service together in a ‘speed-dating’ type format where they exchanged profiles and started purchasing relationships. We did extensive follow-up in the weeks afterward to see how those budding relationships may or may not have translated into sales.

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Sarah_MendesThis week's blogpost highlight is written by FoodCorps Service Member Sara Mendes who is currently serving with Life Lab and Community Alliance with Family Farmers (CAFF) along the Central Coast. Serving in the heartland of agriculture and in Spanish-speaking communities, Sara has been able to serve countless of students by teaching Harvest of the Month lessons and leading field trips. Read on to learn about her approach to teaching bilingual garden and nutrition-based lessons.

“¿Como se dice ‘sour’ en español?” I ask my first grade students. “Amargo!” someone shouts. “No! That means bitter. Agrio!” another voice suggests.

Agrio,” the class agrees. I write the word in English and Spanish on the whiteboard where we are very scientifically documenting how two varieties of local kiwi taste.

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