Content tagged "farm to school"

Feature Series: Farm to School and Local Food Procurement

Healthy Food Choices in Schools Updated: April 20, 2017

This content series highlights the goals, challenges and successes of procuring and serving local foods in school meal programs. Interested in buying local...

From Farm to School: Increasing Children’s Fruit and Vegetable Intake through School Food Co-ops

Healthy Food Choices in Schools Updated: April 20, 2017

Despite many public health efforts, fruit and vegetable intake among US children is still below recommendations, particularly among racial/ethnic minorities...

Farm to School Resources- Colorado Department of Education

Healthy Food Choices in Schools Updated: March 29, 2017

The term “Farm to School” often suggests images of freshly picked produce waiting to be shipped to your local school district, but how these products...

Kim Niewolny, Assocaite Professor at Virginia Tech

 

Increasing Local Produce in School Lunch

Healthy Food Choices in Schools Updated: March 07, 2017

Sarasota County Florida has a thriving Farm to School program. In the 2014-2015 school year each month during the growing season, 30-67% of all produce...

Buy Local for Your School: Getting Started

Healthy Food Choices in Schools Updated: December 23, 2016

Interested in buying local products for your cafeterias but unsure where to start? Try a few of these tips so get the ball rolling for a Farm to School...

Make the "Best of Fresh" with Farm to School

Healthy Food Choices in Schools Updated: December 23, 2016

Presented by Carol Chong, National Nutrition Advisor, Alliance for a Healthier Generation Healthy Schools Program and Christina Conell, Program Analyst...

Building Synergies between Farm to School and Smarter Lunchrooms

Healthy Food Choices in Schools Updated: December 21, 2016

The University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Science (UF/IFAS) Extension's Family Nutrition Program has an innovative training program that...

Harvest of the Month

Healthy Food Choices in Schools Updated: December 05, 2016

Florida’s Farm-to- School Harvest of the Month program provides educational materials that highlight a different Florida-grown food item each month. The...

First Steps for Successful Procurement in your School Nutrition Program

Healthy Food Choices in Schools Updated: August 17, 2016

The School Nutrition Program (SNP) is a complex business operation. Schools across the nation strive to provide nutritious, tasty, quality meals to students...

How Food Service Directors and Staff Can Use Produce in the Cafeteria

Healthy Food Choices in Schools Updated: June 21, 2016

We’ve all grown up hearing, “Eat your veggies!” but many of us never stop to think why, beyond a vague understanding that they are healthy.  Most of us would...

Monthly Harvest Toolkits Provide Support for Farm to School

Healthy Food Choices in Schools Updated: May 03, 2016

Research shows that the most effective way to get kids excited about eating more fruits and vegetables is to engage them in the growing, cooking, and tasting...

Obtaining and Processing Local Foods: A Food Service Director Perspective

Healthy Food Choices in Schools Updated: March 29, 2016

While evidence about the benefits of eating local food continues to build, farm-to-school endeavors present challenges when considering unique needs of...

Farm to School Bottom Line

Healthy Food Choices in Schools Updated: March 29, 2016

Farm to School is an important and exciting program that supports local economies and promotes student interest in foods that are grown near their school or...

Off to the Market: Visiting a Farmers Market with Children

Healthy Food Choices in Schools Updated: March 29, 2016

From sweet, juicy berries to crisp, tangy kale, fresh and healthy foods are bountiful at farmers’ markets.  While adults may focus on their shopping list,...

From Plant to Plate: Benefits of Farm to School Programs

Healthy Food Choices in Schools Updated: March 10, 2016

There are many farm-to-school programs, at the national, state, and regional level. The overarching objectives of these programs are uniform; to incorporate...

In-School Farmers Markets – Setting Up for Success

Healthy Food Choices in Schools Updated: March 10, 2016

Many people visit their local Farmers Markets on the weekend to find locally grown fruits and vegetables. Wouldn’t it be nice to have a Farmers Market come...

An Eggciting Day at the Farmers Market

Healthy Food Choices in Schools Updated: March 01, 2016

The Annual Youth Farmers Market Field Trip at the Brevard County Farmers Market in Melbourne, Florida gives youth the opportunity about local produce, local...

Top 10 Tips for Working with Your Local Extension on Nutrition Education

Healthy Food Choices in Schools Updated: February 19, 2016

Cooperative Extension (also called Agricultural Extension) is a nationwide resource that brings research-based, practical information and classes to the...

How to Support Farm-to-School Initiatives in Your Community

Healthy Food Choices in Schools Updated: February 18, 2016

We’ve all probably heard that nutrition is very important for children’s health and ability to succeed in the classroom.  School lunchrooms nationwide have...

Benefits of Working with Cooperative Extension

Healthy Food Choices in Schools Updated: October 07, 2015

Consider calling your local county or university based Cooperative Extension office for reliable, research based resources and strategies to assist you in...

Food Hub Supplies School Kitchens with Local Produce

Healthy Food Choices in Schools Updated: July 10, 2015

Despite increasing demand, finding and buying local food can still be a hassle. When feeding hundreds or thousands of school children, convenience is key....

Local Food in Schools: How to Overcome the Barriers

Healthy Food Choices in Schools Updated: October 03, 2014

If you’ve worked in school food service for any length of time you’ve probably been approached about incorporating locally grown foods into your menus.  This...

School-Based Farmers' Market Brings Fresh Produce to Kids

Healthy Food Choices in Schools Updated: July 31, 2014

Growing up in an inner city, children of the Syracuse City School District don’t necessarily get the chance to visit farms, farms stands, and even large...

Do You Know What’s Happening in Your Lunchroom? Healthy Lunch Tips for School Administrators

Healthy Food Choices in Schools Updated: January 24, 2014

The lunchroom can be viewed as the ‘learning laboratory’ for nutrition and health lessons. For this reason, it is important to know what is going on in the...

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