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  1. 1. Farm to Preschool CACFP Wellness and Nutrition Institute March 1, 2009 Debra Eschmeyer Center for Food & Justice Urban & Environmental Policy Institute Occidental College
  2. 2. <ul><li>Program Development and Evaluation </li></ul><ul><li>Action Research </li></ul><ul><li>Policy Development </li></ul><ul><li>Community Organizing and Empowerment </li></ul><ul><li>Academic/NGO Hybrid </li></ul><ul><li>Multiple Centers and Programs </li></ul>
  3. 3. Center for Food & Justice: Programs and Initiatives <ul><li>Grocery Accountability Project </li></ul><ul><li>Community Action (Project CAFÉ) </li></ul><ul><li>Farm to School </li></ul><ul><li>Farm to Institution: Distribution Models </li></ul><ul><li>School Food Environments </li></ul><ul><li>Affordable Housing/Edible Landscapes </li></ul>
  4. 4. 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. Components of Farm to School Local, Farm fresh produce in schools Nutrition Education / Experiential Learning School Gardens, Composting, Recycling Farm tours / Visits by farmers
  6. 6. Serving Models <ul><li>Farm Fresh Salad Bar offered as part of the National School Lunch Program. </li></ul><ul><li>Local food featured in the cafeteria – Harvest of the Month </li></ul><ul><li>Local food featured at a fundraiser or special event </li></ul>
  7. 7. Farm to School Impacts: Student Dietary Behavior AES-WA: Abernathy Elementary School, WA; LSB-CA: Los Angeles Unified Pilot Salad Bar Program, CA; OSB-WA: Olympia Unified School District, WA <ul><li>Increased consumption of fruits and vegetables (+.99 to 1.3 servings/day) </li></ul><ul><li>Demonstrated willingness to try new foods and healthier options </li></ul>
  8. 8. National Farm to School: Program Expansion <ul><li>1997 – 3 School Districts </li></ul><ul><li>2002 - 400 School Districts </li></ul><ul><li>2009 – 2000 School Districts </li></ul><ul><li>National Farm to School Network – 8 Regional Lead Organizations </li></ul><ul><li>Bi-Annual Farm to Cafeteria Conferences </li></ul><ul><li>Blogs, YouTube videos, and “Real Food is” contests – communications and networking programs </li></ul>
  9. 9. www.farmtoschool.org 40 states, more than 2000 school districts, and more than 8,000 schools Note: Alaska, Georgia, South Carolina, Arkansas, and Idaho now have F2S programs
  10. 10. National Farm to School Network Networking Training and Technical Assistance Policy Information Services Media and Marketing
  11. 11. Farm to Institution: Beyond K-12 <ul><li>Farm to Preschool </li></ul><ul><li>Farm to Hospital </li></ul><ul><li>Farm to City Hall </li></ul><ul><li>Farm to Prison </li></ul><ul><li>Farm to Museum </li></ul><ul><li>Farm to Restaurant </li></ul><ul><li>Farm to… </li></ul>
  12. 12. Farm to Pre-School <ul><li>By 18 months, French fries are the most common vegetable kids eat. </li></ul><ul><li>Pilot Programs—will choose two preschool sites </li></ul><ul><li>Parent Outreach </li></ul><ul><li>“ Doc Talks” </li></ul><ul><li>Harvest of the Month Snacks </li></ul>
  13. 13. Demographics of pilot sites <ul><li>South Los Angeles </li></ul><ul><li>Avg. income per household of $17,644 </li></ul><ul><li>El Monte </li></ul><ul><li>83% of students qualify for free or reduced price meals </li></ul><ul><li>Yucca Valley </li></ul><ul><li>40% of students qualify for free or reduced price meals </li></ul>
  14. 14. <ul><li>Hands-on Nutrition Education </li></ul>
  15. 15. Farm tours and other experiential learning opportunities
  16. 16. New Institutional Market for Local Farmers
  17. 17. Farm to Institution : Distribution Models <ul><li>Farmers’ Market Hub </li></ul><ul><li>Local School Food Line </li></ul><ul><li>Farmers’ Collaborative </li></ul><ul><li>WIC Fresh Food Retail Program </li></ul><ul><li>Farm Direct </li></ul>
  18. 18. Food Justice: An Action-Research Framework <ul><li>Research Action Policy Research </li></ul><ul><li>Importance of food access </li></ul><ul><li>Community Engagement to change food environments </li></ul><ul><li>Farm to Institution Connections </li></ul><ul><li>School Food as a Key Arena for Change </li></ul><ul><li>Food Justice and Environmental Justice: Expanding agendas and broadening the constituencies for change </li></ul>
  19. 19. www.farmtoschool.org Debra Eschmeyer [email_address] 419-753-3412

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