DC Farm to School November 2012
Ten thousand DC students participated in Growing Healthy Schools Week 2012! Thank you to everyone - teachers, parents, local chefs, farmers, community volunteers, school administrators, and area nonprofits - who made the celebration of school gardens and farm to school programming a positive experience for District students. Have photos or stories to share from the week?
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Growing Healthy Schools Week by the Numbers...
- 62 schools participated, involving 10,000 students
- 34 chefs demos reached over 1,000 students
- School Garden Bike Tour (and video!)
DCCK - USDA Farm to School Grant
Authorized through the Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010, USDA has established a farm to school program providing grants and technical assistance to improve access to local foods in schools. Congratulations to DC Central Kitchen, one of the 68 entities to receive an award in the first class of grantees! Funding will allow DCCK to expand the amount of local product used in their already progressive food service program. Read more about their project here.
National Farm to School Network Webinars
Dec 11 at 12pm - Professional Development for School Food Service: Cooking classes with seasonal ingredients and global flavor profiles - learn more and register.
USDA Farm to School & New Meal Pattern Webinar
November 29 at 1pm USDA is hosting a webinar to focus on inclusion of local and regional products in the new meal pattern. In addition to USDA Farm to School personnel, FNS Child Nutrition Program staff will also be on hand to answer any questions attendees have about the new meal pattern in general and local and regional products in specific. RSVP to Laura Brown for dial-in information.
Save the Date! - Rooting DC
The 6th annual Rooting DC will provide new and seasoned gardeners with an all-day free gardening forum to build community, empower citizens, and share information and skills to grow a healthier DC. Mark your calendars - Saturday, February 23 at Wilson High School.
Farm to School: A Tool for Success with the New Nutrition Standards
The National Farm to School Network has developed a fact sheet on the new nutrition standards with ideas of how farm to school activities can support changes in the cafeteria. Read it here.
Farm to School Snapshot
More than 5.5 million students and 12,000 schools across the country were reached by farm to school programming in 2011. Read the results from the 2011-2012 national survey of 41 states here.
Introducing our new Farm to School Regional Spotlight!
With revolutionary farm to school projects underway throughout the country, we want to take a moment each month to feature one happening in our own backyard!
This month we explore...Arcadia Center for Sustainable Food and Agriculture
Arcadia provides experiential opportunities for schoolchildren to connect with their food and where it comes from.
Geared toward 2nd- 4th graders, Arcadia’s field trips are aligned with state curriculum standards to reinforce classroom instruction with hands-on, farm education. On a field trip students become farmers, rotating through a series of interactive stations where they explore such topics as soil and compost, edible plant parts, plant life cycles, pollination and pest control, livestock and nutrition.
Arcadia’s 28-foot long Mobile Market school bus offers middle school students a chance to learn about nutrition and food systems with samples of local food, engaging cooking demonstrations, an interactive farmers market, and hands-on activities related to plant growth.
In development is Arcadia's Food Hub to help get healthier, local food into school meals by aggregating local, sustainable product.
Arcadia is NOW excepting registration for Spring 2013 farm trips and mobile market visits. Learn more at arcadiafood.org or email Liz Whitehurst, Farm Education Manager - email@example.com.
Questions & Comments
Have any questions, comments, or things you want included in our next newsletter? We'd love to hear from you! Email Karissa - firstname.lastname@example.org