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Evaluation for Transformation: A Cross-Sectoral Evaluation Framework for Farm to School

by National Farm to School Network and Upstream Public Health | 25-Aug-2014

This resource defines the outcomes that farm to school has the potential to achieve and it offers common language, guidelines and metrics to understand those outcomes for the first time. The framework is organized around four key sectors: public health, community economic development, education and environmental quality. Beyond the four sectors, the framework is also structured around three levels of action: program, research and policy.

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Sea to Campus Case Studies

by Farm to Institution New England | 14-Jan-2016

Institutions from across health care, colleges & universities, and K-12 school systems are incorporating locally caught seafood into their meals for a variety of reasons and through a variety of procurement models. These case studies highlight models from three higher education institutions, two public K-12 schools, and one hospital.

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Growing Food Connections Policy Database

by Growing Food Connections | 21-Oct-2015

The Growing Food Connections Policy Database is a searchable collection of local public policies that explicitly support community food systems. This database provides policymakers, government staff, and others interested in food policy with concrete examples of local public policies that have been adopted to address a range of food systems issues.

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WEBINAR ARCHIVE: Farm to School 101 - October 2015

by National Farm to School Network | 13-Oct-2015

In celebration of National Farm to School Month, the National Farm to School Network hosted a webinar introduction to the farm to school movement. Learn about the three core elements of farm to school - procurement, education and school gardens - and how the movement is working to connect 23.5 million children to local food in schools all over the country.

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Midwest Great Apple Crunch

by Center for Rural Affairs | 22-Aug-2015

Join students of all ages, from preschool to college, along with individuals across the Midwest Region states of North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska, Iowa, Missouri, Kansas and Oklahoma in celebrating National Farm to School Month by crunching into locally and regionally grown apples at NOON on Thursday, October 22, 2015. This collective crunch encourages healthy eating and supports farm to school and other local food purchasing initiatives throughout the region. It’s also a fun way to connect food and nutrition to all kinds of classroom curricula – from science to art! The Midwest Great Apple Crunch provides your school, district, county or organization the framework to host a successful local food promotion event this October. A comprehensive guide to organizing the event is available on this website.

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Procuring Local Foods for Child Nutrition Programs

by USDA | 18-Aug-2015

The guide covers procurement basics, defining local, where to find local products, and the variety of ways schools can purchase locally in accordance with regulations. This revision incorporates information about micro-purchases, buying local foods for child care and summer meal programs and more real-world examples. Check out the new guide for sample solicitation language, detailed geographic preference examples and helpful resources.

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