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Wednesday, May 8, 2019

Small changes can help your farm to school program make big gains—where will you start?

May 2019
Dear Michigan Farm to School subscribers,

Early care and education and K-12 schools plant the seeds for best practices in farm to school, enabling others to learn what works and think about where they can start to implement small changes in their own programs.
Early Care and Education Site Connects Farm to School with Family-Style Dining
Family-style dining was a goal at Little Ones Early Childhood Program in Atlanta, Georgia, but Administrator Wande Okunoren-Meadows was concerned about the extra work it might create for classroom teachers. During a 3-week internship, Master’s nutrition student Camira Willaims-Liggins scaffolded the process for children and staff alike, creating a model for sites nationwide

Chicago High School Students Attend a “Farm High School”
A unique magnet school in Chicago is enabling high school students to attend an agriculture-focused high school in the middle of their city. With a goal of providing an opportunity to pursue agricultural careers beyond the farm, students are part of a school that aims to be as self-sufficient as possible.

Girl Scout Earns Top Award with Smart Farm Project
Smart Farm earned Natalie McCaffery the top Girl Scout Gold Award. The project teaches middle school students about sustainable agriculture, demonstrating how the agricultural world can change based on technology.

NAAEE 48th Annual Conference
October 16-19
Lexington, KY

The North American Association for Environmental Education (NAAEE) hosts their annual event with a theme of the three pillars of sustainability of social equity, shared prosperity, and environmental integrity.

Life Lab’s 2019 School Garden Workshops
July - October
Santa Cruz, CA

Professional trainers will present a variety of garden/outdoor learning workshops throughout 2019 to help educators learn more about improving their classroom gardens.

Identifying Indicators of Readiness and Capacity for Implementing Farm to School Interventions
Farm to school is one strategy to improve dietary behaviors among school-age children. To optimize implementation however, tools are needed to assess readiness and capacity within the community. This study explains the various factors to be identified and how they were prioritized in an effort to inform how farm to school could be implemented across diverse settings.

Case Study: Lessons from the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy’s Farm to Head Start Program
The Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy offers three case studies indicating different approaches to implement and sustain Farm to Head Start as part of farm to early care and efforts to introduce young children to locally grown foods and increasing their knowledge of the origin of food. 

New Resource: Farm to School & Big Ideas
Vermont FEED offers a new resource to provide examples for educators to link farm to school with standards and curriculum. Curricular examples are included for each grade level and provide examples for engaging in farming, nutrition, and sustainability. This resource includes essential questions linked with learning goals and assessments. 

About Michigan Farm to School

Farm to School centers around efforts to serve local foods in school and early care and education settings. We share ideas, tools and resources to support a range of efforts, from school garden programming to farmer visits and field trips.

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