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California Farm to School Network Needs Assessment

Last summer, many of you helped us as we conducted a needs assessment and developed a transition plan for the California Farm to School Network. The results are out!

The California Farm to School Network Needs Assessment is available online and dives into the history of the Network, discusses opportunities and challenges facing the Network, and makes recommendations for the Network moving forward.

Thank you to all who participated in the process – by answering survey questions, sitting down for an interview, and all your ongoing work to support California farm to school programs.

Upcoming Workshops at the Garden Classroom

UPCOMING EDUCATOR WORKSHOPS IN THE LIFE LAB GARDEN CLASSROOM

Help your school garden grow by attending an educator workshop at the Garden Classroom!

View workshop descriptions and register for the following workshops:

  • 4/20/18 – Introduction to Next Generation Science in the Garden
  • 4/21/18 – Developing Your NGSS Lessons
  • 5/4/18 – Math & Language Arts in the Garden
  • 6/20/18 – School Gardens Tour
  • 6/21-22/18 – The Growing Classroom
  • 7/26-27/18 – Outdoor Classroom Management
  • 9/14/18 – Sowing the Seeds of Wonder, Part 1 –  Designing the Preschool Garden Learning Environment
  • 9/15/18 – Sowing the Seeds of Wonder, Part 2 – Garden Activities that Inspire a Love of Learning, Healthy Food & Nature
  • 9/21/18 – Introduction to Next Generation Science in the Garden
  • 9/22/18 – Developing Your NGSS Lessons
  • 10/11-12/18 – Plant to Plate – Garden-Enhanced Nutrition Education
  • 10/13/18 – FoodLab the Kitchen Classroom

Learn more at: www.lifelab.org/gcworkshops

Good Food Showcase – March 8th!

This Thursday, March 8th at the Shrine Center in Livermore, California!

You’re invited to the Northern California Good Food Showcase, a trade show and networking event that connects institutional buyers to growers and distributors throughout the Bay Area and across California.

Schools, hospitals and universities are making California-grown, real food a regular part of their menus. This event will not only showcase products available to you, but give you an opportunity to learn best practices and share resources with other buyers in the state. This is the event of the year for expanding, celebrating, and connecting to the good food movement across our communities.

For more event information visit https://www.caff.org/gfshowcase/

There is still time to register!

The Tiny, Mighty Greenhouse

Written By: Elise Chad, FoodCorps Service Member with Pittsburg Unified School District

What do you do when your school district is already rocking school gardens?

This was the conundrum I had when I first started as a FoodCorps Service Member at Pittsburg Unified School District last fall. PUSD has gardens at 11 of the 13 schools in the district thanks to a dedicated and passionate Garden Supervisor, Michelle DeCoy. She also gets the garden produce onto the school salad bars and holds monthly garden markets to engage with parents, staff, and students among many other tasks she accomplishes. PUSD’s Edible Garden Resource Center has a very ambitious program and I was happy to help where I could.

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Small Steps are Huge Wins: Two Months of Service Told in Haikus

Written By: Amy Garfinkel, FoodCorps Service Member with San Diego Unified School District

Healthy school meal options in San Diego Unified include: savory tortilla soup, scratch-cooked ribs, whole grain buns, fat-free milk, and a plethora of fresh fruits and veggies from the salad bar.

Healthy school meal options in San Diego Unified include: savory tortilla soup, scratch-cooked ribs, whole grain buns, fat-free milk, and a plethora of fresh fruits and veggies from the salad bar.

It’s September 1st
I’m thrilled to start my service
It’s a dream come true.

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