Farm to School Combined Case Study

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Handout used during the workshop "Hands-on Tools for Local Foods in Schools". This handout includes exercises around publicity for a local event, purchasing for a local event and planning an educational event.

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Farm to School Combined Case Study

  1. 1. Hands-on Tools for Local Foods in Schools National Farm to Cafeteria Conference March 21, 2009 Cafeteria Menu Planning and Promotion Exercise Resource: Minnesota Toolkit for Food Service Available at mn-farmtoschool.umn.edu 1. Identify your scenario • Number of lunches served • Type of food production – scratch cooking, heat and serve, combination • Menu type – main lunch, ala-carte, salad bar • Equipment, refrigeration, and storage available • Urban, rural, or suburban school district 2. Select local products of interest Toolkit Packet for: Cabbage, Whole Wheat, Potatoes, Squash 3. Plan a Local Foods Cafeteria Promotion • Identify the Local Product You Want to Feature • Select a Recipe and Menu Item • Identify a Farmer or Source of Product from Your Region • Determine the Quantity to Purchase • Write an Announcement to be printed off and given to classroom teacher • Identify a Topic for a Brief Newsletter Article • Plan a Cafeteria Tasting or Activity 4. Report back
  2. 2. Hands-on Tools for Local Foods in Schools National Farm to Cafeteria Conference March 21, 2009 Local Purchasing Exercise Resource: Purchasing Michigan Products: A Step-By-Step Guide Available at www.mifarmtoschool.msu.edu 5. Identify your scenario • Number of lunches served • Type of food production – scratch cooking, heat and serve, combination • Self-operated or contracted food service • Urban, rural, or suburban school district 6. Select local products of interest Tool: Michigan products list and availability chart 7. Plan to purchase local products with a local food bid • Identify resources to link to farmers in your area Tool: Resources to Link with Local Farmers • Complete product availability and pricing form based on your products of interest Tool: Sample Product Availability and Pricing Form • Prepare vendor questionnaire Tool: Sample Vendor Questionnaire 8. Report back
  3. 3. Hands-on Tools for Local Foods in Schools National Farm to Cafeteria Conference March 21, 2009 Planning an Educational Event Resource: Go Wild with Fruits and Veggies http://www.extension.umn.edu/Nutrition/GoWild.html 1. Identify Your Scenerio: • Size and type of school (urban, rural) • Determine grade level(s) to target 2. Select Product • Choose a fruit or vegetable to promote 3. Plan an Educational Event for the Cafeteria and/or Classroom • Who will coordinate? • Who will actually do the event? • Plan for promoting fruit or vegetable as part of a color group? What nutritional value can you highlight? tool: Go Wild with Fruits & Veggies flipbooks • What activities could be planned for a promotional event for the cafeteria and/or classroom (brainstorm ideas)? tool: School Cafeteria Promotion & Quantity Recipe Resource • What could be taste tested in the cafeteria or classroom and what supplies will be needed? tool: Taste Testing Activity form 4. Report Back

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