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Introducing Your Golden Seed Awards Winners

Kicking off National Farm to School Month with a bang, we were so excited to announce the winners of the Golden Seed Awards in our newsletter earlier this week! The awards highlight farm to school efforts throughout California. 

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A student at Manteca Unified shows off their harvest

With a number of competitive applicants, we honored winners across 11 regions and three award categories, including Sow, Grow and Harvest. In addition, nearly 20 schools and districts were recognized with honorable mentions.

The Golden Seed Awards were created to recognize farm to school champions and foster recognition of California schools and districts that are beginning to grow their farm to school programs. Applicants were evaluated on their unique and innovative programs as well as their contributions to the three pillars of farm to school: procurement, education and gardens.

Have you Heard? Introducing the First CFSN Farm to School Contest!

Here, at the California Farm to School Network, we are so excited to announce the first California Golden Seed Awards! Over the past two years, we have been increasingly impressed and inspired by the growing interest and implementation of Farm to School programs around the state. From student learning that they love lettuce after a taste test, to the $167,644,000 CA school districts spent on local produce, as reported in the USDA Farm to School Census, each impact is significant.

The Golden Seed Awards are meant not only to recognize Farm to School champions, but also to foster recognition of schools or districts that are just starting to grow their Farm to School programs. Whether you started your first school garden this year or have an established a student run-farm – we want to hear from you! Applicants will be evaluated by their contributions to the three pillars of Farm to School – procurement, education, and school gardens. With three different awards categories, anyone can win!golden seed final

Sow, Grow and Harvest awards will be granted to applicants participating in at least one, two or three of the pillars (respectively). Awards will be chosen by a committee established by CFSN and will be announced in mid-August. Prizes include passes to the 2017 California Farm to School Conference, passes to pre-conference field trips, technical assistance for beginning programs and lots of media attention!

Above all, your application helps CFSN keep a pulse on Farm to School around the state, identifying our strengths and opportunities to grow. We know that Farm to School efforts aren’t always acknowledged in the fast-paced world of education, so we thank you. We are excited to hear from you and honor the great work happening all around the state.

To apply, please visit www.cafarmtoschool.org/about/goldenseed.

For any questions, please contact farmtoschool@caff.org.

This project is supported by Whole Foods Market Northern California and Reno as well as  the Specialty Crop Block Grant Program of the California Department of Food and Agriculture. 

First California Farm to School Conference a Success!

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Welcome reception to the first, and hopefully biennial, California Farm to School Conference.

From May 4 – 6, 2015, nearly 300 farmers, school food service, advocates, vendors, and more gathered in Pacific Grove, CA, for the first California Farm to School Conference. Held in Julia Morgan designed buildings at the beautiful Asilomar Conference Grounds on the Monterey Bay coast, conference attendees had the opportunity to experience a variety of activities from field trips to engaging presentations. Continue reading

We need your input! Review our Farm to School Principles

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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CA Farm to School Conference Schedule Released!

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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