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The Impact of Seven Cents

by Ecotrust | 1-Jan-2011

What if schools had an additional $.07 per meal to spend on buying local foods for the lunch line? During the 2008-2009 school year, researchers at Ecotrust set out to answer this question, placing particular emphasis on evaluating the economic effects of increased procurement of local foods.

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The impact of nutrition education with and without a school garden on knowledge, vegetable intake and preferences and quality of school life among primary-school students

by Morgan P.J., Warren J.M., Lubans D.R., Saunders K.L., Quick G.I., Collins C.E. | 13-Nov-2010

This study investigated the impact of school garden-enhanced nutrition education (NE) on children's fruit and vegetable consumption, vegetable preferences, fruit and vegetable knowledge and quality of school life.

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Changing Students' Knowledge, Attitudes, and Behavior in Relation to Food: An Evaluation of the School Lunch Initiative

by The School Lunch Initiatvie (Chez Panisse) | 1-Sep-2010

The evaluation compared fourth- and fifth-grade students over three years from elementary and middle schools with highly developed School Lunch Initiative components to students at schools with lesser-developed School Lunch Initiative components. Schools with highly developed School Lunch Initiative components had more exposure to cooking and garden classes and made greater attempts to integrate all the components. The report describes the main findings.

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Michigan Good Food Charter

by C.S. Mott Group for Sustainable Food Systems at Michigan State University, the Food Bank Council of Michigan, and the Michigan Food Policy Council | 1-Jun-2010

The Michigan Good Food Charter presents a vision for Michigan’s food and agriculture system to advance its current contribution to the economy, protect our natural resource base, improve our residents’ health and help generations of Michigan youth to thrive. The charter outlines a sequence of steps to take over the next decade to move Michigan in this direction.

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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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