The Third Annual Growing Edible Education Symposium is being hosted in SLO County! Join us as we implement, promote and support farm-to-school activities in our community. Gain the knowledge, skills, connections and confidence to say, “YES WE CAN!”
Written By: Mariah Marten-Ray, FoodCorps Service Member with One Cool Earth
Cross-posted from FoodCorps.org’s Field Reports
Students had just returned from summer vacation, and I welcomed my Sprout Scouts—the after school garden club—into the garden at Virginia Peterson Elementary School in Paso Robles, CA. It was a hot and arid day. With every foot step dust and dry grass poofed into the air, and I felt like a kindred soul to the wilty leaves of the tomatoes and squashes. Kids began racing into the garden at full speed as if it was a waterpark, their faces mystified by how much change their ½ acre garden had gone through over the summer. Where my eyes saw chaotic overgrowth, their eyes saw a jungle to explore and a school year of gardening projects.
Join SEEAG for Farm Day! An annual multi-location event featuring tours and activities on over 20 working farms in Ventura County.
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Written by: Luisa Accorsi, FoodCorps Service Member with Conejo Valley Unified School District
Getting connected is a big goal for the participants of the South Central Coast Regional of the CA Farm to School Network. This particular network includes Conejo Valley, Ventura, Rio, Oxnard, Hueneme, and Ojai. Last month we threw a mixer with the intention of bringing together our food service directors, farmers, and garden and nutrition educators so that we could get to know one another better and show each other what we’re doing at our sites. [Read more here…]
After FoodCorps Service Member, Chris Massa, served 1.5 years with Ventura Unified School District in southern California. After starting a student farm with the district, Chris has moved on from his service and is now the Farm to School Operations Specialist with Ventura Unified. Read on to see Chris’s findings and the importance of student-based farms.
“Is this seed really going to grow?”
This is a persistent question I encounter while learning in the garden with students from Ventura Unified School District. “If we provide it with all the necessary elements, air, sun, water, and soil, it surely will,” I reply.
This week’s guest blog post is presented by FoodCorps Service Member, Ryan Griffith, who is currently serving with Conejo Valley Unified School District and the Nutrition Services Department. Along with the Food Service Director, Sandy Curwood, Ryan has attended and organized local food gatherings for all partners in farm to school. Read on to learn about the Local Foods Procurement Workshop he hosted earlier this winter.