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Due Date: Proposals for the 2017 CA Farm to School & Garden Conference

Workshops and Sessions – Request for Proposals

The California Farm to School Network (CFSN) invites you to submit a proposal for the 2017 California Farm to School and Garden Conference. The conference will cover a variety of topics designed to support and inspire farm to school and school garden practitioners all around the state! This is your opportunity to share your expertise and innovative ideas to help grow the farm to school and school garden movement in California.

Submission Process:

An information PDF is available with additional info regarding the topic areas, speaker benefits and more – click here to download. When you are ready to submit your idea, fill out the online submission form located here.


CFSN Webinar: The Power of Procurement – Schools and Hospitals Reforming the Food System

CFSN and the California Ed-Med Collaborative (CEMC) are bringing you a webinar discussing how to leverage the buying power of schools AND hospitals to bring healthy food to to all. In an effort to increase equitable access to healthy food within California, School Food Focus and Health Care Without Harm (HCWH) have engaged five districts and eight health care systems which represents approximately 55 hospitals. Funded by Kaiser Permanente, CEMC works at the intersection of food service and the food industry.

School Food Focus logoWhile our stakeholders are some of the largest school districts and hospitals in the country, alone they are no match for multibillion dollar food corporations. CEMC creates a level playing field where the demand for healthy food products can be heard and in turn developed for food service sectors to procure.

Presenters will illustrate the value and impact this multi-sector collaboration has had on their hospital and school district food service operations thus far. CEMC staff will provide insight on building multi-sector collaborations that can identify, evaluate and pursue a range of procurement change scenarios. Outcomes from this multi-sector collaboration to be discussed on this webinar include:

1) The CEMC Food Guidelines – What are these? How were these guidelines established and how will they be used to develop new products or processes that will open up new procurement pathways and deliver new products for purchase by these two sectors?

2) The “List of 10” procurement change scenarios – What are the 10 CEMC ideas for procurement change proposed? How were these procurement change scenarios developed and which were chosen for implementation?

3) Status update on the products, processes and project that will bring healthful products to the marketplace.

The California Ed-Med Collaborative (CEMC) is a joint venture between School Food Focus and Health Care Without Harm.

Register for the webinar here.

CAFF Workshop @ the CA School Nutrition Association Conference

If you are attending the CA School Nutrition Association Conference in Anaheim on November 10-13, we want to make sure you know about a lunch drop-in time and workshop that CAFF is organizing on Sat, Nov 12.

11:30AM-1:00PMJoin Ben Thomas for lunch at the conference venue. Do you have any questions or feedback on local purchasing, education, Purchasing Collaboratives, direct opportunities or bid support?Contact Ben for an exact location.
 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm – Come to CAFF’s workshop, The CA Farm to School Network: Strategies for Farm to Cafeteria Success!  Here is a brief description about the session: Come to this participatory session and learn about initiatives and resources available through the CA Farm to School Network.  New to Farm to School? See what others have done to increase local purchasing, market local food, and link nutrition education to create successful programs.  Are you as seasoned Farm to School district?  Come share your successes with others. Join the team from the Community Alliance with Family Farmers to discuss best practices in working with distributors, micro- and informal direct purchases, and the language you need to include local produce in your next contract Request for Proposals (RFPs). One participant will go home with free conference pass to the 2017 CA Farm to School Conference!

Farm to School Matters

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. watering canWell 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.

Introducing Your Golden Seed Awards Winners

Kicking off National Farm to School Month with a bang, we were so excited to announce the winners of the Golden Seed Awards in our newsletter earlier this week! The awards highlight farm to school efforts throughout California. 


A student at Manteca Unified shows off their harvest

With a number of competitive applicants, we honored winners across 11 regions and three award categories, including Sow, Grow and Harvest. In addition, nearly 20 schools and districts were recognized with honorable mentions.

The Golden Seed Awards were created to recognize farm to school champions and foster recognition of California schools and districts that are beginning to grow their farm to school programs. Applicants were evaluated on their unique and innovative programs as well as their contributions to the three pillars of farm to school: procurement, education and gardens.