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Bringing Together Stakeholders to Tackle Farm to School in San Diego

Written by: Colin Cureton, San Diego Childhood Obesity Initiative and CFSN San Diego Regional Lead

Screen Shot 2015-09-25 at 9.57.07 AMOn a hot Friday morning in early September, over 30 people convened in Carlsbad, CA for the latest CFSN SoCal regional meeting. Members of the San Diego County Farm to School Taskforce and Orange County Farm to School Taskforce in attendance included SoCal school districts, local farmers, produce distributors, local government, universities, nonprofits, and more. The meeting was facilitated by Community Health Improvement Partners (CHIP), which houses the San Diego County Farm to School Taskforce.  Continue reading

Bicycle Blended Smoothies + Local Greens = Happy Youth

Written by: Sarah Stowell, FoodCorps Service Member with North Coast Opportunities 
147b9d720928ad26f507879378971b00Using a blender bicycle to make 150-300 smoothies a day with elementary students has become a regular occurrence during my service term. It has been a sure fire way to introduce kale, spinach, or other “super greens” to the pickiest of eaters. I’ve gotten used to students as young as kindergarten or as old as 8th grade coming up to me after trying their smoothie, which consists of at least 50% super greens, and telling me that they didn’t think they liked kale or spinach or turnip greens and that now they are going to make super green smoothies at home with their families.  Continue reading

Produce, Not Plastic

Shannon_McDowell After receiving a B.S. in Dietetics from her home state university, University of Vermont, FoodCorps Service Member Shannon McDowell moved west to serve a year with the  Center for Healthy Communities (CHC) — formerly, Center for Nutrition and Activity Promotion (CNAP) — in Chico, CA. Dedicated to providing youth and community members with nutrition education, Shannon is supporting her service site through its Harvest of the Month program by sourcing and preparing an upwards of 5,000 tastings per month. Read on to learn about how Shannon has helped support and spearhead Harvest of the Month in the North Valley region. 

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Taco Tuesday! 7 steps to an unforgettable Farm to School event

Who said Farm to School couldn’t be fun?

Today’s guest author is Erin Derden-Little: sharp-witted Humboldt County native, farm to cafeteria MVP, and Regional Food Systems Coordinator in CAFF’s Redwood Coast Office. Read on to learn how she turned a stroke of luck into a wildly successful Farm to School event for her region!

Have you ever heard an offer that was almost too good to be true?

Imagine our surprise when local rancher Clint Victorine made the following proposal – “I want to donate beef to every school in Humboldt County.” And not just any beef: top-quality, grass-fed, Eel River Organic Beef from Hydesville in the beautiful, lush Eel River Valley.

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Introducing… The California Farm to School Network!

What is it?

For the past eight years, the California Farm to School Taskforce has been providing coordination and leadership around Farm to School programming through workshops, information sharing, policy advocacy, and networking. Last summer, the Taskforce came together and decided to broaden their work, and transition to a California Farm to School Network (CFSN) that is open to everyone in the state of California who is working on Farm to School programs and projects.

The California Farm to School Network is your “one-stop shop” for everything related to Farm to School in the state of California. As a communications hub and a convener across many organizations and regions in the state, the CFSN will align Farm to School efforts, share resources, and bring farmers, schools, distributors, and practitioners together, continuing California’s leadership in linking family farms to K-12 schools.

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