Study: School fresh fruit, vegetable program cuts childhood obesity rates
In a state with some of the highest childhood obesity rates in the nation, a new study shows that a program bringing fresh fruits and vegetables into Arkansas schools not only lowers obesity rates, it can also save hundreds of dollars per child each year to prevent obesity. Read more about the study here.
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Building a successful farm to school movement: One person, one plot, one policy at a time – Spotlight on Chaffee County, Colorado demonstrating the importance of collaboration between policymakers, businesses, community stakeholders, and school staff in supporting successful farm to school work.
Profitability workshop for farmers – Sept 2, Lansing, MI
The Profitability Boot Camp will focus on ways farmer veterans and beginning farmers are planning for success through improved financial readiness practices, including highlighting new available resources and tools. RSVP by Friday, August 28 to Marty Gerencer firstname.lastname@example.org
Webinar: ""Why Local Food Matters" : 10am Central Time on Sept 10th.
Feel free to share the upcoming webinar announcement "Why Local Food Matters", co-sponsored by the four Regional Rural Development Centers (RRDC). No advance registration is required. Simply click on the link on the day to join. Enter as Guest with just your name.
A clickable link is: https://msues.adobeconnect.com/_a828402417/srdc/
Thursday, September 24, 2-3pm EST
Join Curry Rosato, Farm to School and Events Coordinator and Chef Ann Cooper, Director of Boulder Valley School District, Boulder, CO to learn the techniques that have brought Boulder's kids back to the lunch program and raised participation every year since 2009. Learn marketing best practices and turn your students into "real food" aficionados. Register here.
MHA Michigan Green Healthcare Conference – October 8 & 9, Traverse City, MI
Interested in promoting sustainability initiatives in the healthcare sector, including incorporating farm to institution work? Register now for the MHA Michigan Green Healthcare Conference! Participants will have the opportunity to connect with leaders in the sustainability field through networking events and in-depth general, breakout and panel sessions.
Did you miss the National Farm to School Month, Food Day, Midwest Menu and Apple Crunch Webinar?
Visit these links to view the webinars, which are just full of great information about how to celebrate farm to school in October!
Revised USDA local procurement guide available
Just in time for the new school year, the USDA revised guide, Procuring Local Foods for Child Nutrition Programs, is now available and can help you decide how to buy local for your program. 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.
INUAg Innovators in Urban Agriculture Prize
The International Network for Urban Agriculture (INUAg) is announcing the first global INUAg Innovators in Urban Agriculture Prize. INUAg is looking to recognize innovative urban agricultural projects contributing to their local communities in 3 different categories: Food Access, Educating Producers, Teaching Youth. Each category will have 1st, 2nd, 3rd place winners, $1250, $500, $250. INUAg is accepting nominations through August 28, 2015. Nominees can self-nominate or be nominated by others. Learn more and find instructions for nominating projects here.
Enjoy the last few days of August!