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Friday, August 26, 2016

MI Farm to School News

Happy Friday!

 

It's almost the start of a new school year, and with it comes many opportunities for supporting your farm to school efforts -  including our Regional Farm to School Trainings! Register for one of three trainings in Detroit, Boyne Falls, and Grand Rapids to start your school year off planning for, implementing, or expanding your local purchasing efforts!

 

The Apple Crunch registration is also open, so start thinking about how to celebrate your Crunch, and help us reach 1,000,000 million regional crunchers!

 

News

 

·         USDA Farm to School Grants reach over 10 million studentsUSDA Food and Nutrition Service

o    Summary of the impacts of the first four years of the USDA Farm to School Grant Program Stay tuned for the 2017 Request for Applications, coming in September!

·         What's your summer story?USDA FNS

o    The Office of Community Food Systems is collecting stories of Farm to Summer programs to highlight in their E-letter! Share your Farm to Summer story by sending it to Danielle.fleury@fns.usda.gov

 

Opportunities

 

·         2016 Michigan Apple CrunchOctober 13, 2016

o    It's time to start planning for your annual Michigan Apple Crunch! Decide on a time, find your apples, and CRUNCH! Register at miapplecrunch.com and follow on facebook for inspiration and new ideas.

·         Regional Farm to School TrainingsOctober 20 – 27, 2016

o    Register for one of three trainings hosted in Boyne Falls, Grand Rapids, and Detroit. Trainings will be an opportunity to identify concrete and practical steps for increasing local purchasing in K-12 schools and early childhood programs.

·         Making MI Recipes Work: A Culinary Training for School Nutrition ProfessionalsOctober

o    This series of hands-on trainings will help school nutrition professionals better utilize Michigan farm fresh produce. Register now

·         Cherry Capital Foods 2016 Food ShowSeptember 28, Detroit, MI

o    This will be a space for you to connect with the vendors who grow and make the Michigan foods Cherry Capital offers.

·         Workshop: Accessing the Best Possible New Owner for your Business: Worker Ownership for Success (see attached) – September 28, Grand Rapids, MI

o    This one-day workshop will provide information for those interested in developing worker owned cooperatives or converting to employee ownership.

·         Webinar: Transforming School Food by Green Teacher – September 27, 7:30 – 8:30 pm

o    Presenters will share different approaches to transforming school food – California Tuesdays and Slow Cookers for Kids projects.

 

Enjoy your last August weekend – I'll be celebrating summer by gorging on peaches and blueberries.

 

Thanks for all you do to get good food to Michigan children!

 

Abby Harper

Farm to School Specialist

MSU Center for Regional Food Systems

480 Wilson Rd Rm 309 | East Lansing, MI 48824

(p) 517-432-4525 (f) 517-353-3834

www.foodsystems.msu.edu | www.mifarmtoschool.msu.edu

Monday, August 15, 2016

CORRECTION: Registration Now Open: MI Farm to School Trainings

Registration is now open for the 2016 Regional MI Farm to School Trainings!

 

Coordinated annually by the MSU Center for Regional Food Systems, these trainings are an opportunity to identify concrete and practical steps for moving your program forward and network with other innovators working to increase local food purchasing in K-12 schools and early childhood programs. Whether you are brand new to farm to school or a seasoned expert, working in early childhood or K-12, attend one of these training opportunities to increase your knowledge of farm to school activities and gain new skills for beginning or expanding your farm to school programs.

 

Topics in this year's training include:

-          Bright and innovative ideas from throughout the state

-          Strategies for successfully procuring local foods according to USDA Rules and Regulations

-          Seasonal menu planning for Michigan products

-          Team development for sustainable farm to school programs

 

Trainings will be led by Abby Harper and Colleen Matts of the MSU Center for Regional Food Systems. Regional training dates, locations, and confirmed speakers are below. More details and additional speakers will be forthcoming.

·         September 20, 2016 11:00 – 4:00 (lunch included) – Boyne Falls Public Schools, Boyne Falls

o   Additional speakers: Nathan Bates, Food Service Director at Boyne Falls Public Schools, and Diane Conners, Groundwork Center for Resilient Communities

·         September 22, 2016 12:30 – 4:30 (snack included) – Baxter Community Center, Grand Rapids

o   Additional speakers: Mariel Borgman, MSU Extension Community Food Systems Educator, and Becky Kwasteniet, Food Program Manager at Baxter Child Development Center

·         September 27, 2016 10:30 – 3:30 (lunch included) – Drew Transition Center, Detroit

o   Additional speakers: Kaitlin Wojciak, MSU Extension Community Food Systems Educator

 

Trainings are free to attend, but registration is required. Register at http://msucarrs.az1.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_9Lbw3J4Olz1fB1H. If you have any questions, please email harperab@msu.edu.

 

Best,

 

Abby Harper

Farm to School Specialist

MSU Center for Regional Food Systems

480 Wilson Rd Rm 309 | East Lansing, MI 48824

(p) 517-432-4525 (f) 517-353-3834

www.foodsystems.msu.edu | www.mifarmtoschool.msu.edu

FW: Registration Now Open: MI Farm to School Trainings

Please let me know if you have any suggested edits! Hoping to send this first thing Monday morning.

 

Registration is now open for the 2016 Regional MI Farm to School Trainings!

 

Coordinated annually by the MSU Center for Regional Food Systems, these trainings are an opportunity to identify concrete and practical steps for moving your program forward and network with other innovators working to increase local food purchasing in K-12 schools and early childhood programs. Whether you are brand new to farm to school or a seasoned expert, working in early childhood or K-12, attend one of these training opportunities to increase your knowledge of farm to school activities and gain new skills for beginning or expanding your farm to school programs.

 

Topics in this year's training include:

-          Bright and innovative ideas from throughout the state

-          Strategies for successfully procuring local foods according to USDA Rules and Regulations

-          Seasonal menu planning for Michigan products

-          Team development for sustainable farm to school programs

 

Trainings will be led by Abby Harper and Colleen Matts of the MSU Center for Regional Food Systems. Regional training dates, locations, and confirmed speakers are below. More details and additional speakers will be forthcoming.

·         September 20, 2016 11:00 – 4:00 (lunch included) – Boyne Falls Public Schools, Boyne Falls

o   Additional speakers: Nathan Bates, Food Service Director at Boyne Falls Public Schools, and Diane Conners, Groundwork Center for Resilient Communities

·         September 22, 2016 12:30 – 4:30 (snack included) – Baxter Community Center, Grand Rapids

o   Additional speakers: Mariel Borgman, MSU Extension Community Food Systems Educator, and Becky Kwasteniet, Food Program Manager at Baxter Child Development Center

·         September 27, 2016 10:30 – 3:30 (lunch included) – Drew Transition Center, Detroit

o   Additional speakers: Kaitlin Wojciak, MSU Extension Community Food Systems Educator

 

Trainings are free to attend, but registration is required. Register at http://msucarrs.az1.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_9Lbw3J4Olz1fB1H. If you have any questions, please email harperab@msu.edu.

 

Best,

 

Abby Harper

Farm to School Specialist

MSU Center for Regional Food Systems

480 Wilson Rd Rm 309 | East Lansing, MI 48824

(p) 517-432-4525 (f) 517-353-3834

www.foodsystems.msu.edu | www.mifarmtoschool.msu.edu

Friday, August 12, 2016

MI Farm to School News

Happy Friday!

 

Lots of opportunities coming up with the start of the school year. Make sure to keep your eye out for the MI Farm to School regional trainings coming out next week, and sign your school/early childhood program/organization up for the Michigan Apple Crunch! I saw the first apples of the season this week at the farmers market – a little daunting how quickly summer is passing, but good to start practicing that CRUNCH.

 

News

·         Getting it There: The role of New England food distributors in providing local food to institutionsFarm to Institution New England (FINE)

o    This report out of FINE presents findings and makes recommendations for food distributors, government, officials, funders, and institutions in how they can help move regional farm to institution work forward. Highly worth the read!

·         USDA Announces Additional Efforts to Make School Environments HealthierUSDA FNS

o    Four final rules were added to the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act (HHFKA) to ensure kids have access to healthy snacks and better nutrition. There's an emphasis on more fresh fruits and vegetables, and requires engaging more parents, students and community members in developing school wellness policies – a great place to encourage farm to school activities!

 

Opportunities

·         Michigan Agritourism Association and Michigan Farmers Market Association announce farm-based educational field days – MIFMA

o    The first in this series is coming up Monday, and focuses on season extension for farmers, which can be a great tool for those looking to sell more to schools and early childhood programs.

·         Save the Date: MI Farm to School Regional TrainingsSeptember, 2016

o    Registration information along with speakers and agenda items will be sent out Monday. These trainings are open to the public and free to attend, and will be a great space to learn how to begin or expand your local purchasing efforts.

§  September 20 11:00 – 4:00 – Boyne Falls Public Schools, Boyne Falls

§  September 22 12:30 – 4:30 – Baxter Community Center, Grand Rapids

§  September 27 10:30 – 3:30 – Drew Farms, Detroit

·         Michigan Apple CrunchOctober 13, 2016

o    On October 13, everyone is encouraged to CRUNCH into a Michigan grown apple, creating an echo heard state and nation wide! Register and follow on facebook for more information and to receive tools to aid in planning a successful event. Along with the other Great Lakes states, we're going for one million crunches!

·         Making MI Recipes Work: A Culinary Training for School Nutrition Professionals

o    Registration is now open for this series of hands-on trainings to help school nutrition professionals better utilize Michigan farm fresh produce. See attached flyers for more details about locations and dates of all training and contact mborgm@anr.msu.edu or kaitwoj@anr.msu.edu with any questions.

 

Resources

·         Community Food Systems Farm to School Fact SheetsUSDA FNS

o    The Community Food Systems team has updated their fact sheets on farm to school

 

Best,

 

Abby Harper

Farm to School Specialist

MSU Center for Regional Food Systems

480 Wilson Rd Rm 309 | East Lansing, MI 48824

(p) 517-432-4525 (f) 517-353-3834

www.foodsystems.msu.edu | www.mifarmtoschool.msu.edu

Friday, July 29, 2016

MI Farm to School News

Hello all!

 

A bunch of exciting opportunities coming up, so mark your calendar! Also, a great new resource out of Wisconsin to help incorporate seasonal produce into school menus.

 

Resources

·         Chop! Chop! Resource Guide – Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction

o    This is a really great resource out of Wisconsin, and compliments their great Chop! Chop! Video series that are instructional tools in helping school food service staff use more fresh produce and whole grains. This guide compiles the recipes featured there and includes crop-specific information. Check this out!

 

Opportunities

·         Save the Date: MI Farm to School Regional TrainingsSeptember, 2016

o    The locations and dates for the 2016 trainings are: September 20, Boyne Falls; September 22, Grand Rapids; and September 27, Detroit. Mark your calendars, and stay tuned for information on registration and details. These trainings are open to the public and free to attend, and will be an invaluable opportunity for networking and learning from Farm to School champions throughout the state.

·         Internship: National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition (NSAC)Washington, DC

o   NSAC is currently seeking a paid, full time policy intern beginning late August 2016 and lasting until early January 2017, based in Washington DC.

·         Making MI Recipes Work: A Culinary Training for School Nutrition Professionals

o   Registration is now open for this series of hands-on trainings to help school nutrition professionals better utilize Michigan farm fresh produce. See attached flyers for more details about locations and dates of all trainings (the Marquette one is coming up on August 12!), and contact mborgm@anr.msu.edu or kaitwoj@anr.msu.edu with any questions.

·         Save the Date! Michigan Apple CrunchOctober 13, 2016

o    On October 13, everyone is encouraged to CRUNCH into a Michigan grown apple, creating an echo heard state and nation wide! The 2015 Apple Crunch was the biggest yet, with over 400,000 participating. Let's make 2016 the biggest year yet! Register and follow on facebook for more information

 

 

Best,

 

Abby Harper

Farm to School Specialist

MSU Center for Regional Food Systems

480 Wilson Rd Rm 309 | East Lansing, MI 48824

(p) 517-432-4525 (f) 517-353-3834

www.foodsystems.msu.edu | www.mifarmtoschool.msu.edu

Thursday, July 28, 2016

Save the Date: MI Farm to School Regional Trainings September 2016

Save the date for the MI Farm to School Regional Trainings, and connect with other farm to school champions throughout Michigan!

 

The MSU Center for Regional Food Systems invites you to join with other farm to school stakeholders from your region to help plan and expand your farm to school program. Topics this year include a deeper dive into local procurement rules and regulations, focus on local sourcing through Cultivate Michigan, exploring strategies for seasonal menu development, and opportunities to hear and learn from those making farm to school work in their K-12 schools/districts and early childhood programs. Hear from regional resource hubs, MSU Extension Community Food Systems educators, the MSU Center for Regional Food Systems, and other local farm to school champions, and come away with practical tools to initiate or expand your farm to school programs. The primary audience for these trainings is food and/or nutrition directors, early childhood program and school teachers and staff, and those that are in supporting roles for farm to school programs. The training is free of charge.

 

Trainings this year will be held at the following locations:

September 20, 2016 – Boyne Falls Public School, Boyne Falls

September 22, 2016 – Baxter Community Development Center, Grand Rapids

September 27, 2016 – Drew Farms at Detroit Public Schools, Detroit

 

Stay tuned for more information including a detailed agenda and link to registration in the future weeks, and contact Abby Harper at harperab@msu.edu for more information or with questions.

 

 

Abby Harper

Farm to School Specialist

MSU Center for Regional Food Systems

480 Wilson Rd Rm 309 | East Lansing, MI 48824

(p) 517-432-4525 (f) 517-353-3834

www.foodsystems.msu.edu | www.mifarmtoschool.msu.edu

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Registration Open: Making Michigan Recipes Work

Registration is now open for Making Michigan Recipes Work: A Culinary Training for School Nutrition Professionals!

 

Through this hands-on training, participants will:

        Understand food safety considerations, including Standard Operating Procedures and HACCP guidelines purchasing, receiving and storing farm fresh produce

        Be trained in the proper way to handle knives and other culinary tools to make a variety of cuts

        Prepare and sample recipes using Michigan farm fresh produce

        Learn how to introduce new foods in their cafeteria through staff engagement, taste testing and Smarter Lunchrooms strategies

        Receive resources to help staff teams work with farm fresh produce in their menu plan, using standardized recipes

This training will be taught by two seasoned food service trainers, and hosted by MSU Extension.

 

Details of the training are as follows:

When: Friday, August 12th from 9am – 1pm

Where: Marquette Senior High School, 1203 W. Fair St., Marquette, MI 49855

Who: All K-12 Food Service professionals. We are encouraging teams of staff from schools/districts to register together. Registering with a team of 2 or more will qualify you to apply for travel scholarship to help with the cost of attendance.

How much: The trainings are free for all, due to USDA grant funding

Register at: http://events.anr.msu.edu/MakingMIRecipesWork/

 

Please contact Mariel Borgman at mborgm@anr.msu.edu or Kaitlin Wojciak at kaitwoj@anr.msu.edu with any questions.

 

 

 

 

Abby Harper

Farm to School Specialist

MSU Center for Regional Food Systems

480 Wilson Rd Rm 309 | East Lansing, MI 48824

(p) 517-432-4525 (f) 517-353-3834

www.foodsystems.msu.edu | www.mifarmtoschool.msu.edu