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UNC Evaluation: Two-page summary on Union 74, Maine

by National Farm to School Network and the North Carolina Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention | 1-May-2010

Focus on Agriculture in Rural Maine Schools (FARMS) is a Farm to School program that connects classrooms, cafeterias, local farms, and communities. FARMS’ primary strategy is to increase access to fresh, local food in schools through direct purchase from local farmers. Initiated by a parent and a staffer from the Lincoln County Economic Development office, the Farm to School program at FARMS began in one Union 74 district school and included classroom taste tests and a Harvest Day Lunch. The program expanded to include additional schools, more regular activities, and the direct purchase of foods from local farmers by individual schools. This two-page summary focuses on the evaluation the grassroots efforts to start a farm to school program.

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UNC Evaluation: Two page summary on Springfield, OR

by National Farm to School Network and the North Carolina Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention | 1-May-2010

The Willamette Farm and Food Coalition (WFFC) implemented a Farm to School program at three elementary schools in the Springfield School District during 2008-09, consisting of integrated educational activities including Harvest of the Month in the cafeterias, farm field trips, garden sessions, nutrition lessons, tasting tables, and harvest days. All activities were coordinated and overseen by the WFFC Farm to School coordinator. This two-page summary focuses on the evaluation of educational activities.

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UNC Evaluation: Two page summary on Saratoga Springs

by National Farm to School Network and the North Carolina Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention | 1-May-2010

During the 2008-2009 school year, the school lunch director worked with two local farmers, who sold apples and potatoes to the school district. One farmer also helped with educational activities like field trips to the farm and classroom visits. Processed food items, many of which were very popular, were removed from the cafeteria and replaced with from-scratch items. Over the next two years, the school lunch director tried to include healthier, locally grown foods in the school lunch menu but encountered challenges finding farmers who were interested in submitting bids to sell products to the school district. This two-page summary focuses on the development of a farm to school program and stakeholders' perspectives.

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UNC Evaluation: Two-page summary on RUSD

by National Farm to School Network and the North Carolina Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention | 1-May-2010

The Riverside Unified School District (RUSD) Farm to School Program takes a comprehensive approach to promoting healthy eating. Its primary component is the Farmers’ Market Salad Bar, a daily salad bar stocked with produce provided by local farmers, and offered year-round as an alternative to the hot lunch meal. The program reaches 24,077 students in the K-6 grades (55% of all students in the district). RUSD’s Nutrition Services is a financially stable operation. This two-page summary focuses on the evaluation of the salad bar program.

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Farm to School Evaluation Toolkit

by National Farm to School Network and the North Carolina Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention | 1-May-2010

This collection of survey instruments and other evaluation tools can help practitioners assess farm to school outcomes with different participants including students, foodservice staff, foodservice directors, farmers, educators and other stakeholders.

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Farm to Cafeteria Initiatives: Connections with the Tribal Food Sovereignty Movement

by Emily Dwyer | 01-Apr-2010

This publication seeks to profile work underway in Native America to restore traditional food systems for children in tribal schools. The report is organized into a series of community profiles featuring successes, but also highlighting the various setbacks that may occur in localizing tribal food systems and instituting farm to cafeteria programs.

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Farm to School in Minnesota, A survey of school foodservice leaders (2010)

by Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy | 10-Mar-2010

In January 2010, a survey was conducted to gauge interest and activity in farm to school among Minnesota school food service professionals. Targeted to MSNA members, the survey was sent to food service directors and managers in 97 public school districts across the state serving approximately 550,000 students. Responses were received from 82 districts.

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My First Garden

by University of Illinois Extension | 10-Feb-2010

Get ready to make learning about gardens, flowers, vegetables and the principles of horticulture a really fun experience for yourself and for the children you teach. This website is meant for 4th grade students to learn about the beauty of gardens, and the care involved in planning, nurturing and enjoying the benefits of gardening in a variety of spaces and places.

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Food Fun - From Apples to Zucchini

by University of Illinois Extension | 10-Feb-2010

This website has been designed for use by elementary grades, but can be adapted and modified by adding activities and study skills appropriate for that grade level. This program is interdisciplinary and is designed to introduce students to produce they may not be familiar with by talking a little bit about fun facts and nutritional information.

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Farm-to-School in Central Minnesota - Applied Economic Analysis

by Haynes M. | 1-Jan-2010

This study collects data required for a formal analysis of the broader community economic impacts of farm-to-school programs in the Region Five Development District located in Central Minnesota. More specifically, the potential demand for locally produced food products from farm-to-school programs is estimated, and the ability of local farmers to meet that demand is assessed.

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