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    1. 1. Farm to School: Local Foods go to School Organic Farming Conference, La Crosse, WI February 28 th , 2009
    2. 2. Farm to School Local, Farm fresh produce in schools School Gardens, Composting, Recycling Nutrition Education / Experiential Learning Farm tours / Visits by farmers
    3. 3. Outline <ul><li>How you do Farm to School </li></ul><ul><li>Why we need Farm to School </li></ul><ul><li>What is Farm to School </li></ul><ul><li>Who can implement Farm to School </li></ul>
    4. 4. What is Farm to School <ul><li>Farm to school is a school-based program that connects schools (K-12) and local farms with the objectives of: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>serving healthy meals in school cafeterias </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>improving student nutrition </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>providing agriculture, health and nutrition education opportunities </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>supporting small and medium-sized local and regional farmers </li></ul></ul>
    5. 5. Connecting local farmers to schools <ul><li>buy and feature farm fresh foods </li></ul><ul><li>incorporate nutrition-based curriculum </li></ul><ul><li>provide students experiential learning opportunities through farm visits, gardening, and recycling programs </li></ul><ul><li>access to new markets </li></ul>
    6. 6. Why we need Farm to School
    7. 7. Why we need farm to school <ul><li>For our Children </li></ul><ul><li>2.3- to 3.3-fold increase in childhood obesity over the last 25 years. </li></ul><ul><li>Our children will be the first generation to have a life expectancy shorter than their parents. </li></ul><ul><li>1 in 3 children born in 2000 will be diabetic in their lifetime (CDC). </li></ul>
    8. 8. Why we need farm to school <ul><li>For our Farmers </li></ul><ul><ul><li>330 farm operators leave their land every week. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>The farmer’s share of every dollar spent on food has dropped to 19 cents from 41 cents in 1950. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>In the 1930s, there were close to seven million farms in the United States. Today, just over two million farms remain— less than 1 percent of the country's population. </li></ul></ul>
    9. 9. Why we need farm to school <ul><li>For our Environment </li></ul><ul><li>Crop Varieties lost between 1903-1983 </li></ul><ul><li>Tomatoes: 80.6 percent </li></ul><ul><li>Lettuce: 92.8 percent </li></ul><ul><li>Corn: 90.8 percent </li></ul><ul><li>Apples: 86.2 percent </li></ul><ul><li>In the U.S., the typical food item now travels from 1,500 to 2,400 miles from farm to plate, i.e. A head of CA lettuce shipped to Washington DC requires 36x more fuel energy to transport than the food energy it provides. </li></ul>
    10. 10. Why we need farm to school <ul><li>Dollars and Sense </li></ul>Price of feeding one child school lunch during their tenure in k-12 = $6,000 Price of treating one adult for illness related to poor nutrition over the course of their life= $175,000 Farm to School = Priceless
    11. 11. How you do Farm to School
    12. 12. Implementing Farm to School <ul><li>Local Product used in: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>salad bars </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>hot entrees / other meal items </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>snack in classroom </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>taste tests </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>fundraisers </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Educational Activities: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>chef/farmer in class, cooking demos </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>greenhouses, waste management, recycling, and composting </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>farm tours </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>harvest of the month </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>CSA in the classroom </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>School gardens </li></ul></ul>
    13. 13. Let’s get started <ul><ul><li>Start small—taste testing, farm tour, apples </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Organize various stakeholders/hold a meeting </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Contact food service director and school administration </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Identify funding sources </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Market the program </li></ul></ul>
    14. 14. Who can implement Farm to School <ul><li>YOU </li></ul>students farmers chefs non-profit food groups administrators farmer organizations board members principals community members school food service staff PTA teachers parents YOU YOU YOU
    15. 15. Relationships Q. What’s the key to sustainability? This whole thing is about relationships. Local farmers have two distinct advantages:  Procedure - We can get fresh, high quality and safe product to the institutions in 24 hours after harvest including all the post handling procedures.  Relationship- The buyer and the grower have a real, face-to-face knowledge of one another. We must distinguish our product and ourselves and be unique. “ We are cultivating more than just food here; this is about community, this is about relationships.”
    16. 16. National Farm to School Network Networking Training and Technical Assistance Policy Information Services Media and Marketing
    17. 18. Debra Eschmeyer [email_address] 419-753-3412