8TH NATIONAL FARM TO CAFETERIA CONFERENCE

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“Moving forward together.” Help accelerate the growth of farm to cafeteria efforts nationwide. Join us in Madison this June at the 8th National Farm to Cafeteria Conference for skill-building workshops, dynamic keynote speakers, engaging short courses, local field trips and numerous networking events.

 

 

New Farm to School Coordinator

Farm to School has changed hands. Eden McLeod is now the coordinator of ND Farm to School Program and the executive director of FARRMS.

“I am excited to have the opportunity to serve growers and schools around the state of ND. If you would like to start a Farm to School Program in your area, please do not hesitate to contact me at info@farrms.org or 701-486-3569.

WEST FARGO PUBLIC SCHOOLS and JAMESTOWN PUBLIC SCHOOLS CELEBRATE FARM TO SCHOOL WEEK

WEST FARGO PUBLIC SCHOOLS JOIN FRESH CONNECT FOOD HUB JUST IN TIME FOR FARM TO SCHOOL WEEK

JAMESTOWN PUBLIC SERVES UP FRESH FOR FARM TO SCHOOL WEEK

It’s back to school and that means school lunches, too. North Dakota Governor Jack Dalrymple proclaims Sept. 13-19 as this year’s North Dakota Farm to School Week.

WEST FARGO – Just in time for Farm to School Week, West Fargo Public Schools has partnered with Fresh Connect Food Hub to purchase local food as part of a Farm to School program. The food hub provides access to a number of local growers and fresh, local fruits and vegetables.

Fresh Connect is a regionally-scaled food hub located in Fergus Falls., Minn., serving a region of west-central Minnestoa and parts of eastern North Dakota.

Small and mid-size farmers sell produce to Fresh Connect and it in turns makes these products available for purchase by area schools and institutions such as hospitals, nursing homes, colleges and childcare centers. This consolidated purchasing, along with weekly delivery service, makes it easy for West Fargo Schools to be involved.

Seasonal local items including cucumbers, tomatoes, peppers, melons and cucumbers are being purchased by West Fargo Schools for use in the school lunch program. Food Service Director Jan Sliper can taste the difference.

“The quality and freshness of the fruits and vegetables is outstanding. When students are served fruits and vegetables that taste good, we know they will consume more,” Sliper said.

JAMESTOWN – Shelley Mack Jamestown Public Schools will be serving a Farm to School “Harvest of the Month” Sept. 16 in the middle school and Sept. 17 at the high school. Locally grown fresh roasted potatoes and carrots from Forager Farm in Streeter will be served with sliced roast beef celebrating ND Farm to School Week.

For additional information on farm-to-school week, contact Sue Balcom at sbalcom@farrms.or

Farm to School Month Midwest Menu Webinar

ND Farm to School Week Sept. 13-19 and Farm to School Month is approaching! Register now for the Midwest Menu Webinar on Wednesday, August 12 at 1 pm CT. You’ll learn how to join a national effort in October highlighting local foods.

In the spirit of collective celebration, all schools across the Midwest are invited to serve a coordinated lunch tray featuring local and regional foods and participate in a “crunch heard round the region” on Thursday, October 22, 2015.

This webinar on Aug 12 at 1 pm CT is designed to help you prepare to join in serving a clean-label and locally sourced school lunch, and participate in National Farm to School Month with a delicious coordinated apple bite during lunch! Register here.

Speakers include:
Vanessa Herald – Farm to School Specialist at the Center for Integrated Agricultural Systems, Wisconsin
Sandy Huisman, RD, MS, LD -Director Food and Nutrition Management Des Moines Public Schools, Iowa
Chad Elliott – Culinary Specialist Decorah Community School District, Iowa
Melinda Maendele – Food Service Director Norris Public School District, Nebraska

You can find out more about the event here. And be sure to register today using the link above!