5 Farm to School resources you haven’t heard of

Daniele and Host Site supervisor Heather reviewing the HOTM kitsIn the Farm to School field, it seems like new resources are constantly whizzing by.

A new report here, a resource guide there, sample policy language abounds–it can be hard to keep up with the constant flow of information!

Today, we’re highlighting 5 useful resources you may not have seen and that we think you’ll enjoy. Have any others to add? Submit a comment below or send an email to us at farmtoschool@caff.org!

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Putting a face on farm-fresh food: Farmer of the Month in the North Valley

Sarah with Gurmeet

Sarah Bohannon of the Center for Nutrition and Activity Promotion (CNAP), a program of CSU Chico, takes us through CNAP’s Farmer of the Month program, a strategy that builds on Harvest of the Month in a fun, engaging, and farmer-friendly way through communications!

Hi! I’m Sarah Bohannon. I’ve been working as materials creator for the Farmer of the Month program at CSU Chico’s Center for Nutrition & Activity Promotion (CNAP) for a year now.

My job is to put together newsletters and videos about farmers that teach kids how food travels from the farm to their fingertips. It’s a job that’s both fun and rewarding because I get to learn from the women and men at the forefront of our food supply. I also get to see first-hand the impacts that the Farmer of the Month program has made on local farmers, teachers and students.

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How San Diego is growing Harvest of the Month beyond the cafeteria

Guest author Shana Wright, Harvest of the Month Project Manager at UCSD

Guest author Shana Wright, Harvest of the Month Project Manager at UCSD

Harvest of the Month (HOTM) is one of the most well-known and utilized strategies in the Farm to School Movement. Read through this account from Shana Wright, HOTM Project Manager at UC San Diego, to hear how San Diego is deepening the impact of the program with an exciting pilot project!

It isn’t often there is a true connection between the cafeteria and the classroom.

However, the Harvest of the Month in the Classroom program strives to do just that. Through connecting what students learn in the classroom to what they are eating in the cafeteria, that much needed connection is formed.

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9 ingredients for firing up a scratch cooking program

harvest hub yoloToday’s guest post is served up by Kristy Levings, CFSN Regional Lead and Project Director of Farm to School Yolo, which is part of the Yolo County Department of Agriculture. Whether or not you’re near to her exciting Farm to School work in the Sacramento Valley, you’ll love these promising practices for pulling off a great scratch cooking class!

Sometimes, to really make change, you have to roll up your sleeves and get in the kitchen.

Here in Yolo County, we’ve had the unique opportunity to facilitate a CDFA California Specialty Crop Block Grant focused on developing the Farm to School effort and increasing school district procurement of specialty crops grown on local farms.

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Farm to School beyond the cafeteria: Oakland’s school produce markets

sarahblog2Sarah Ting, superstar FoodCorps service member, international jetsetter, and Oakland native wraps up our series on Oakland’s many inspirational Farm to School initiatives with this excellent summary of the district’s famous community markets. (For other OUSD posts, click the “OUSD” tag to the right of your screen!)

“If the organic mandarins are $1 per pound and our customer is asking for 2.5 pounds, what is her total?”

Every week, a fifth grader comes to our school produce market to volunteer his help by weighing fresh fruits and vegetables from local family farms and calculating totals for customers. He used to walk back and forth outside the elementary school simply waiting for his mother to pick him up, but now he passes the time by engaging in his favorite subject: math!

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Announcing the formation of the CFSN Steering Committee!

We are excited to announce that our Steering Committee has been formed! 

farmer peeling orangeWe have a total of twenty members who represent stakeholders from all over California and from many different communities. With representation from the urban to the rural, from school gardens to foodservice, from farmers to policymakers and everyone in between, we’ve put together an amazing team of leaders to help guide the California Farm to School Network as we continue to organize and align Farm to School efforts across the state.

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