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 EDUCATOR WORKSHOPS IN THE LIFE LAB GARDEN CLASSROOM
Help your school garden grow by attending an educator workshop at the Garden Classroom!
- 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
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!
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.
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.
It’s September 1st
I’m thrilled to start my service
It’s a dream come true.
Thanks to everyone who participated in National Farm to School Month! Whether you crunched, planted a garden or participated in another activity, your impact is immeasurable. Well actually….while we can’t measure the way a child’s face lights up when they bite into a persimmon for the first time, we used the data that we received from the Golden Seed Awards applications and the USDA Farm to School Census to measure the broader impact of farm to school statewide. We compiled the data in an infographic that we’re calling “Farm to School Matters.” View the infographic here.