Here are the latest Farm to School news bites:
Check out this story about the Peaches & Greens produce truck in Detroit that was featured in the Lansing State Journal and on National Public Radio.
This story from the New York Times discusses the recent School Nutrition Association conference in Las Vegas, and the push for improving the quality of school food through the up-coming Child Nutrition Reauthorization.
This LA Times story highlights the partnership between Whole Foods and the “Renegade Lunch Lady” to improve school food and launch a new website with nutritional tips and other resources.
The USDA recently clarified in a series of question and answers that school food service funds may be used to purchase seeds and other items for the purposes of starting and maintaining school gardens, as long as the gardens are part of the school food service program and/or educational lessons and any revenues go back into food service. This document can be viewed at: http://www.fns.usda.gov/cnd/Governance/Policy-Memos/2009/SP_32-2009_os.pdf.
2009 Farm and Grazing Tour
Hosted by Michigan Food & Farming Systems (MIFFS)Ag Stewardship Committee
Friday, August 28, 2009
12 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Triple H Farms in St. Johns and AppleSchram Orchard in Charlotte
Please see attachment for full details.
Please contact the MIFFS Office at (517) 432-0712 or email@example.com with questions or to register. There is no cost to attend b
Capuchin Soup Kitchen's Earthworks Urban Farm Hosts Harvest Dinner
Saturday, September 12, 2009
Gleaners Food Bank
2131 Beaufait, Detroit, MI 48207.
Please see attachments for more information. Reservation deadline is Friday, September 4!
Select Michigan September Capitol Lawn Farmers Market
Thursday, September 17, 2009
10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Vendors who are interested in reserving booth space on the Capitol Lawn for the market must fully complete the application and biography form by August 24, 2009 at 5 p.m.!
Forms are available online at http://www.selectmichigan.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=60:sm-capitol-fm&catid=31:welcome&Itemid=46 and are also attached.
Hungry Planet Healthy Schools Symposium
Hosted by the Ark and the Michigan Institute for Clinical & Health Research
Wednesday, October 7, 2009
316 S. Main Street, Ann Arbor
Please see attachment for more details. This event is free and open to the public!
Sustainable Stoup Competition
Hosted by the Michigan Envirothon
Sunday, October 25, 2009
Grand Ledge, MI
Check out the attached flyer for more information on how to participate in this event which will highlight locally-grown and sustainably raised food! Poster also attached.
The Michigan State University Student Organic Farm (SOF) is seeking a full time Production Manager for its 10 acre certified organic year-round teaching farm. Applications will be accepted through September 30th or until the position is filled. Please see the attachment for job description and how to apply.
Farm to School Specialist
CS Mott Group for Sustainable Food Systems
Michigan State University
303 Natural Resources Building
East Lansing, MI 48824-1222