Research Short Course: Farm to Institution: Current Status, Opportunities and Resources
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Presentation given by Anupama Joshi of the National Network during the Farm to Institution Short Course. This presentation highlights impacts of farm to school programs on students, teachers, food ...

Presentation given by Anupama Joshi of the National Network during the Farm to Institution Short Course. This presentation highlights impacts of farm to school programs on students, teachers, food service and farmers.

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Research Short Course: Farm to Institution: Current Status, Opportunities and Resources Research Short Course: Farm to Institution: Current Status, Opportunities and Resources Presentation Transcript

  • Farm to Institution Research: Current Status, Opportunities and Resources
    Anupama Joshi
    National Farm to School Network
    Center for Food & Justice, UEPI, Occidental College
    May 17, 2010
  • Farm to School Literature Review
    “Bearing Fruit” http://departments.oxy.edu/uepi/cfj/bearingfruit.htm
  • It’s fun getting messy !
    Student Impacts
  • Increase in Fruit and Vegetable Consumption
    by Students
    Avg. fruit and vegetable servings/day
    Los Angeles Unified School District
    Slusser WM, Cumberland WG, Browdy BL, Lange L, Neumann C. A school salad bar increases frequency of fruit and vegetable consumption among children living in low-income households. Public Health Nutrition. Published online 5 July 2007.
  • Teacher Impacts
  • Teacher Impacts
    Increase in knowledge and awareness
    Positive attitudes - modeling healthy eating behaviors
    Changes to classroom activities
  • Food Service Impacts
  • % of USDA recommended daily allowance
    Davis
    USD
    Winters
    USD
    Food Service Impacts
    Compton
    USD
    Farm to School Meals Offer Greater Variety and Amounts of Fruits and Vegetables
    Feenstra Gail and Ohmart Jeri, UC Sustainable Agriculture Research & Education Program
    • Yolo County Farm to School Evaluation Reports - 2004, 2005 and Fall/Winter 2005-06.
    • Compton Farm to School Demonstration Project Report, July 1, 2004- June 30, 2005.
  • Farmer Impacts
    On average 5% increase in income
    Market diversification
    Opportunities for exploring minimal processing and preservation
    Establishment of grower cooperatives / collaboratives
  • ParentImpacts
    Increase in knowledge, attitudes awareness
    Changes in behavior?
    household shopping patterns
    Lifestyle changes Family health outcomes
    Need to document - long term benefits of Farm to School reaching families
  • Policy Impacts
    Federal – State – District / Institutional – Local city / county
    Programs affecting policy development
    Policy affecting program development and institutionalization
  • Economic Analysis
    • Invested $160,000 (7¢/lunch)
    • Inspired purchases = $1,128,317
    • 401 of 409 economic sectors
    • 1.86 economic multiplier
    • 2.43 employment multiplier
  • Community Impacts
    Partnerships
    Economic development
    Local / Regional Food System development
  • Farm to College Programs
  • Future Research Priorities
    Baseline
    Creating common templates, tools, systems
    Using existing national tools – USDA Food Environment Atlas, CDC- SHPPS
    Students
    Health
    Academic links
    Economics
    School
    Farm
    Local / Regional