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CFSN Webinar: Advancing Collective Buying for Regional Small and Mid-Size K-12 Districts in the Central Coast – Lessons Learned and Directions

Please register for Advancing Collective Buying for Regional Small and Mid-Size K-12 Districts in the Central Coast: Lessons Learned and Directions on Jun 8, 2017 11:00 AM PDT at:


Over the last three years over ten school districts in Santa Cruz and Monterey County, in concert with farm to school organizational partners, have developed joint purchasing contracts on produce to build upon existing collaborative sourcing acros–s multiple districts. This webinar will highlight a 2014-2017 CDFA specialty crop block grant’s development of a produce RFP that prioritizes regional and California grown fruit and vegetables as well as complementary promotion and engagement efforts that have increased student healthy eating behavior. Through presentations from K-12 cooperative purchasing district leads and partners from the Center for Agroecology and Sustainable Food Systems (CASFS) and Community Alliance with Family Farmers (CAFF) participants will gain new resources to aid their district and regional sourcing and promotion efforts. In addition, this session will also create a facilitated discussion space to explore collective buying challenges and barriers in order to inform future K-12 efforts.

Webinar: School Garden Support Organizations (SGSOs) Best Practices Webinar Series

Join the National School Garden Network for the SGSO Best Practices Webinar Series where leaders from various NSGN organizations will present best practices, case studies, tools, and resources from each of the 5 key topics, the key topics are listed below. Register here, or click on the link below.
School Garden Program Sustainability and Finances April 25, 1pm PST

Other upcoming webinars (links to follow shortly):
Maintaining Multiple School Gardens May 9, 1pm PST
Measuring Impact June 6, 1pm PST
Professional Development for Garden Educators September 12, 1pm PST
School Garden Networks October 10, 1pm PST

Connecting the Garden, Cafeteria and Classroom…what’s next?

Written By: Allie Hoffman, Program Manager, Community Alliance with Family Farmers

Three weeks ago, 340 California Farm to School and Garden practitioners gathered in Modesto for three days of field trips, workshops, inspiring keynotes, networking and food.

Helen Dombalis sharing her Farm to School story during the opening keynote

Attendees represented all areas of farm to school, ranging from farmers, to food service professionals, garden educators, government employees, nonprofits and more. It’s hard to focus on any one single moment from the conference to highlight in this article, particularly because there were so many different workshops that one could have attended. So instead, I’m going to share a few of the highlights from my experience planning and attending the conference.

Leading up to the conference, I was fortunate enough to have the job of connecting with so many of you. Whether I was reviewing workshop proposals, connecting with partners on social media or coordinating with the amazing CFSN regional leads, it was such a pleasure to get to connect with farm to school innovators from all around the state. Continue reading

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.

How Do You Say “Rake” In Spanish? – Spanish Language Garden Resources

Screen Shot 2015-03-12 at 12.19.03 PMThis week’s cross blogpost is shared by Life Lab, a 35 year old non-profit based in Santa Cruz, California. As a national leader in garden-based education, Life Lab continues to engage families and youth with ongoing field trips, children’s camp programs, teacher workshops and the teen youth empowerment program “Food, What?!”.

See below for Life Lab’s extensive list of Spanish language resources for your school garden and lessons.

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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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