Tag Archives: Center for Healthy Communities

Farm Stands and Schools: How to Successfully Sell Produce to Elementary Students

Written by: Hayley Baumgartner, FoodCorps Service Member with Center for Healthy Communities 

FullSizeRender“Hey!, Hey!!, HEEEYYYY!!! What do you guys have today??” a pair of fourth grade girls call to me through the chain link fence as I am setting up a farm stand booth in the hot valley sun. “We have strawberries today,” I call back and they squeal “YESSSS!” in excitement as they jump up and down. “We brought money today” they tell me enthusiastically.  Continue reading

CFSN Regional Gathering: North Valley Invigorates Farm to School

RG 2Written by: Sheila McQuaid, Farm to Fork Coordinator and CFSN North Valley Regional Lead with Center for Healthy Communities (CHC) 

The North Valley Region of the California Farm to School Network is comprised mainly of small, rural school districts.  Our regional gathering has been focusing on creating community between the nutrition services teams from these districts via a day of connection, education, and celebration of their work. Last year we had teams from four districts demonstrate scratch cooking recipes, and then we all sat down and shared them for lunch.
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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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