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  • 1.National Farm to School Network June 9, 2010 Transform the Tray

2. Lets add some color! 3. Outline

  • National Farm to School Network
  • Examples
  • Child Nutrition Reauthorization
  • FoodCorps
  • Q & A

4. 5. 6. 1 in 3 7. 8. Common Sense Solution 9. What is Farm to School?

  • It is a school-based program that connects schools (K-12) and local farms
  • Serves healthy meals in school cafeterias
  • Improves child nutrition
  • Incorporate nutrition-based curriculum
  • Provides agriculture, health; and nutrition education
  • Supports local and regional farmers

10. Fresh, local foods served in cafeterias 11. School Gardens 12. Cooking and Taste Tests 13. Farm tours 14. Nutrition and Agriculture Education 15. Family MealsFood Culture Connections 16. Waste Management Programs 17. Health: Kids Win The choice of healthier options in the cafeteria through farm to school meals results in consumption of more fruits and vegetables with an average increase of one serving per day, including at home. 18. Agriculture: Farmers Win Farm to School programs can open up the expansive school food market, estimated at more than $12 billion a year, to socially disadvantaged farmers. 19. Economy: Communities Win For every dollar spent on local foods in schools, one to three dollars circulate in the local economy."If Michigan residents ate the recommended amounts of fruits and vegetables and bought them from local, seasonal sources, it could add nearly 2,000 jobs and $200 million to the state's economy."Mike Hamm Michigan State University 20. For the six or eight weeks I get tomatoes, I get them for the same price, which helps stabilize my budget.For us, its a win-win situation. We get to support the farmers in our local area. Were someone they can depend on. In turn our kids are saying, We really like this . Mary Ann Lopez, South Windsors School Nutrition Specialist and Food Service Director 21.

  • Local Product
  • - salad bars-hot entrees / other meal items -snack in classroom -taste tests -fundraisers
  • Educational Activities:- chef/farmer in class, cooking demos -greenhouses, waste management,recycling, and -composting -farm tours -harvest of the month -CSA in the classroom -School gardens

Implementing Farm to School 22. Student:Why dont we get fresh lettuce and local watermelon at school lunch ? Parent Food Service DirectorPrincipal National Food Distributor School BoardFood ProcessorTeacher NutritionistContracted Food Service Provider 23. 8 Regional Lead Agencies

  • Training & Technical Assistance
  • Policy
  • Networking
  • Media & Marketing
  • Information Services

2000+ programs in 50 states 24. 25. 26. VERMONT

  • Vermont FEED (Food Education Every Day)
  • Classroom, Cafeteria, and Community
  • 10 years and over 150 Vermont schools

PENNSYLVANIA

    • The Kindergarten Initiative at The Food Trust
  • Integration of Nutrition and Agriculture Education
  • Parent outreach and involvement activities
  • 2009-67 schools, 10 districts

27. Farm to School: FLORIDA

  • New North Florida Cooperative
  • Farmer-led: 60-100 farmers
  • 72 School Districts
  • 1,000,000 students
  • Leafy greens, sweet potato sticks, green beans, watermelon, okra, strawberries, muscadine

28. Farm to School: WASHINGTON

  • 2002 one school, Olympia District, organic salad bar, local purchasing
  • March of 2008
    • Local Farms-Healthy Kids HB 2798 / SB 6483 passes
  • Policy alliance was spearheaded by environmental group with farm preservation, publichealth,anti-poverty advocates
  • Comprehensive legislation :
    • 2 Full Time positions to coordinate local food procurement inside of Departments of Ag and Education
    • Requires all state food contracts to include a plan to maximize the availability of Washington grown food purchased through the contract.

29. Child Nutrition Reauthorization 30. National School Lunch Program

  • 2 ndlargest food & nutrition assistance program; over 219 billion lunches served since began in 1946
  • 31 million children served
  • In 2008, cost the Government $9.3 billion
  • Current reimbursement
    • Free = $2.68
    • Reduced-price = $2.28
    • Paid = $0.25

to promote the health and well-being of the Nations children 31. Farm to School on the Hill

  • H.R. 4710--Farm to School Improvements Act
  • S. 3123Growing Farm to School Programs Act
  • Start-up grants of up to $100,000 to help establish farm to school programs
  • Available to farm organizations, schools/districts, non-profits, etc.

32. U.S. Dept. of Agriculture

  • Administration support
  • Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food
  • USDA Farm to School Team

33. Videos at video.farmtoschool.org 34. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eZlCoG6RMgs 35. Real Food Is2010 National Video Contest Learn more and enter atvideo.farmtoschool.org 36. 37. Imagine AmeriCorps service members building and tending school gardens and developing Farm to School programs for public schools around the country. 38. The Opportunity

  • Size of AmeriCorps will triple by 2017
  • State AmeriCorps programs have proven the model
  • No national AmeriCorps programs are yet doing this work
  • Reinforces Lets Move, Peoples Garden, Child Nutrition
  • Potential for long-term growth

39. The Vision

  • Serve schools with issues of obesity and access
  • Serve members by training a new generation of farmers
  • Structure of a national program; flexibility for local needs

40. The Models

  • Montana FoodCorps: 6 institutions and $2.5 million in local purchases through a 3-year pilot
  • Wisconsin Department of Agriculture: 22 AmeriCorps members working in 10 communities with 300 volunteers
  • Northeast Iowa Food and Fitness: 2 AmeriCorps members; conventional farmers planting school food crops

41. The Planning Process

  • A work in progress!
  • Commitment to a big tent
  • Monthly conference calls open to all the first Thursday of the month
  • Recent Detroit Planning Summit May 19-20

42. Join Us www.food-corps.org 43. Lets Get Started!

    • - Start smalltaste testing, farm tour, apples
    • - Organize various stakeholders/hold a meeting
    • - Research area farmers
    • - Contact food service director and schooladministration
    • - Identify funding sources
    • - Market the program
    • - Volunteer

44. Dear Shcool Board,Well I herd that we only get crunch lunch on 2 days of the week. How do you expect us to stay helthey? How do you expect us to live with the meatlof? Well, I hope you do sumthing . Student at Davis Joint Unified School District (CA) to the School Board supporting the Davis Farm to School Salad Bar Program 45. 46. www.farmtoschool.org Debra Eschmeyer [email_address] 419-905-8612

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