Past Webinars

Taking Your Local School Wellness Policy to the Next Level – The What, When, and How of Meeting the New Requirements! from CA Farm to School on Vimeo. The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Local School Wellness Policy (LSWP) Final Rule creates new requirements for school districts! California Department of Education staff will begin the webinar with an overview of the LSWP basic requirements, emphasizing what’s new such as stronger stakeholder engagement, and assessment and reporting requirements. Additional details regarding marketing and advertising of foods and beverages, Administrative Review issues, model policies, and the timeline for updating your LSWP will also be discussed.

Going to Bid for Local Produce: Lessons from California Schools from CA Farm to School on Vimeo. What do a produce RFPs and RFIs that includes local preference language look like? How do you write one? This webinar features guest speakers from California school districts who have gone through the process first-hand, the goals and challenges they faced, and the USDA compliant bid language they used to ensure access to local, seasonal produce. The RFI process will also be discussed, busting myths and highlighting opportunities.

Straight from the Farm: Making the Most of Direct Purchasing in Schools from CA Farm to School on Vimeo. This webinar features guest speakers from California school districts and institutions whose direct purchases range from cafeteria promotional events to custom growing agreements. Benefits and challenges to purchasing directly will be discussed, as well as regulatory compliance and successful experiences from California schools.

From Board Policy to LCAP District Policy and Funding Opportunities for Farm to School from CA Farm to School on Vimeo. This session introduces CHASSIS, a framework for Creating Healthy and Sustainable Systems in Schools, and discusses how it can be used to frame the value of Farm to School and school garden programs for administrators, school board members, community groups, and other key stakeholders. The workshop addresses how to take these ideas from thoughts to action via wellness committees, incorporation into school board policy, site plans and Local Control Accountability Plans (LCAP) and how to get the community engagement and support to make this possible.

Evaluating Farm to School from CA Farm to School on Vimeo. Learn about a specific evaluation framework, which offers guidelines and metrics for clear Farm to School outcomes and impacts. The framework is organized around four key sectors: public health, community economic development, education and environmental quality. Presenters include Gail Feenstra, Deputy Director + Food Systems Coordinator, University of California, Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education Program, and Shosha Capps, Community Food Systems Analyst, University of California, Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education Program.

Harvest of the Month: Innovative Models from CA Farm to School on Vimeo. This webinar focuses on Harvest of the Month (HOTM), a general model to deliver education to students around a particular produce item highlighted each month. School Districts across California have taken this general model and expanded, enhanced and modified it to fit their school environment and district goals. The California Farm to School Network welcomes three farm to school advocates throughout the state, who are leading and implementing unique Harvest of the Month models in their nearby school districts.

California Food for California Kids®: Innovations from the Cafeteria to the Community, Part 2 from CA Farm to School on Vimeo. CA Food for CA Kids: Innovations from Cafeteria to Community, Part 2 – Part 2 of this series focuses on innovations in community-building and looks closely at examples from Ft. Bragg Unified, Conejo Valley Unified, and Oceanside Unified School Districts.

California Food for California Kids®: Innovations from the Cafeteria to the Community, Part I from CA Farm to School on Vimeo. This two-part series highlights farm to school leaders in California who used their own creativity and innovative spirit to launch and sustain farm to school efforts. These stories were originally shared as a part of Center for Ecoliteracy’s “California Food for California Kids Innovation Awards.” Part 1 emphasizes innovations in marketing, and shares examples from Oakland Unified, Turlock Unified, and San Diego Unified School Districts.

Farm to School to Community: The Story of Oakland Unified School District from CA Farm to School on Vimeo. The first of the California Farm to School Network’s webinar series features the impressive story of how one of the nation’s largest urban school districts transformed its foodservice through incredible leadership, innovation, and engagement with the broader Oakland community.

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