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Establishing a Farm to School Program: A model school board resolution

by ChangeLab Solutions | 01-Nov-2011

ChangeLab Solutions developed this Model School Board Resolution Supporting a Farm-to-School Program is designed for the local community to tailor it to meet its needs. The language written in italics provides different options or explains the type of information that needs to be inserted in the blank spaces in the resolution. The “comments” provide additional information and explanation. While the policy is stated in the form of a resolution, the content could be used in a different format used by a particular school board.

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Fresh from the Farm: Using Local Foods in Afterschool and Summer Nutrition Programs

by FRAC | 22-Sep-2011

Food is an important part of any quality afterschool or summer program. It helps attract children to the program and ensures that they have the energy to fully participate in all of the educational and enrichment activities. The nutrition quality and appeal of the meals and snacks is crucial. One creative strategy to improve quality and appeal is to make local produce part of the meals and snacks, and Farm to School programs are one key strategy to do that.

This guide outlines strategies and approaches for accessing local products such as working with an organization that is already using local produce, collaborating with the area food service director or operating the Farm to School program independently.

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North Carolina Farm to School Program

by NC Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services | 21-Sep-2011

The NC Farm to School program has been supplying school cafeterias across our state with the freshest, locally grown produce from North Carolina farms since 1997. This site is a useful resource for child nutrition directors, teachers, parents and students who may be seeking information about nutrition, agriculture facts, classroom activities and even field trip opportunities.

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Massachussetts Farm to School Cookbook

by Massachussetts Department of Agricultural Resources | 24-Aug-2011

The cookbook features 45 easy-to-follow recipes using Massachusetts crop, including value added produce such as peeled butternut squash and sliced carrots. Easy to prep recipes using dormant seasonal crop, such as potatoes, sweet potatoes and butternut squash. Recipes have been school tested by Food Service Directors, cooks, and students in the schools themselves and designed for 50 to 100 servings.

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Sample School Wellness Policy: Farm to School

by Public Health Law Center | 01-Jun-2011

The Minnesota School Boards Association (“MSBA”) has a model school wellness policy that many school districts use as a guide when developing their individual school wellness policy. The MSBA model policy does not address school gardens. Therefore, the Public Health Law Center developed the following, more detailed language to insert into a school wellness policy.

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Health Impact Assessment: Farm to School and School Garden Policy, HB 2800

by Henderson T., Rader M., Sorte B., Ratcliffe M.M., Lawrence A., Lucky J. et al | 01-May-2011

From fall 2010 to spring 2011, Upstream Public Health collaborated with Farm to School and school garden stakeholders to conduct a Health Impact Assessment (HIA) on HB 2800, evaluating its potential effects on Oregonians’ health. This report summarizes the findings of that assessment.

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The Development of Evaluation Materials and Best Practices for the Farm to School Program in La Cross County, WI

by Bethany Kies | 1-May-2011

As a means of providing students with comprehensive nutrition education and nutritious food options from regional growers while attempting to prevent and reverse childhood obesity trends, Farm to School (F2S) programs have become increasingly common across the United States in recent years. The La Crosse County Health Department (LCHD) recently received Federal funding to oversee the development, implementation and evaluation of F2S programs in four school districts during a two-year period, from March 2010 to March 2012. Due to the relative newness of the F2S approach, both rigorous evaluation tools and methods, and best practices for program evaluation are limited. Through a collaborative process with the F2S team, the La Crosse school district nutrition services staff and two elementary schools, and the University of Wisconsin La Crosse Health Education and Health Promotion Department, a parent survey tool, a student focus group interview guide and a plate waste procedure were developed and piloted. The resulting materials were combined to form a toolkit, including recommendations and best practices for conducting comprehensive F2S program evaluation within La Crosse County, WI and implications for use in F2S program evaluation across the Nation.

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Nourish

by Nourish | 11-Apr-2011

Nourish is an educational initiative designed to open a meaningful conversation about food and sustainability, particularly in schools and communities. To inform and inspire the largest number of people, Nourish combines PBS television, curriculum resources, web content, short films, and teacher and youth seminars. With a distinctly positive vision, Nourish celebrates both food and community.

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School Food Learning Lab in Saint Paul, Minnesota: A Case Study of Procurement Change in Action

by School Food FOCUS | 1-Apr-2011

As the first of three pilot projects, Saint Paul Public Schools (SPPS) joined the Learning Lab in fall 2008 along with its district partner, the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy (IATP). Together, they identified four procurement change goals: (1) milk produced without artificial growth hormones and lower in added sugar content, (2) more fresh local produce, (3) whole grain hamburger and hot dog buns, and (4) local and sustainably produced poultry.

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Validation of the School Lunch Recall Questionnaire to capture School Lunch Intake of Third- to Fifth-Grade Students

by Paxton AE, Baxter SD, Fleming P, Ammerman A | 21-Feb-2011

Children’s dietary intake is a key variable in evaluations of school-based interventions. Current methods for assessing children’s intake, such as 24-hour recalls and meal observations, are time- and resource-intensive. As part of a study to evaluate the impact of farm-to-school programs, the school lunch recall was developed from a need for a valid and efficient tool to assess school lunch intake among large samples of children.

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