WI F2S summit regional networking session notes

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WI F2S summit regional networking session notes

  1. 1. NOTES Regional Networking Sessions Thursday June 27, 2013 3:15-4:15pm Co-Facilitated by Wisconsin Local Food Network Representatives and Transform WI Grantees North and West Regions Things region has worked on / accomplishments/ barriers they have overcome to accomplish - Collaboration and sustained farm to school in La Crosse County - Fifth Season- 89 local products in Reinhart - FFVP and Garden at Shell Lake, Washburn - Spooner- Changing perceptions, sustained gardens, Healthy vending options, Play 60 - Twi Statewide - connecting grantees with resources, work with state level partners to provide TA - Senator Shilling - meeting and learning from others - Vernon County- Hillsboro Garden is going great, putting F2S pieces together and managing volunteers - La Crosse - Gardens, volunteers with gardens, sustaining efforts, building hoop house - Craford County- PEP grant, and large school gardens (needs to be maintained) - Menomonee- HOM calendar, education, - just getting off the ground - UW-Extension- Getting extension folks together statewide, producer education - No F2S staff person- need to identify who is out there - Eau Claire- Local Potatoes and Apples thorugh Indianhead distributor, FFVP - Have storage concerns, food safety concerns and how to use fresh local food - Networking in Galesville- looking for more organizations - School garden in tennis court in Galesville - Garden club and $4000 grant Things regions want to accomplish in the future - Grade level specific curriculum (Use DPI nutritious delicious curriculum) - Utilize master gardeners - garden to cafeteria- move the food to the kids - ways to market the foods Central Region
  2. 2. NOTES Goals/ and help needed to accomplish these F2S goals -Producers and product to purchase (Easy to find potatoes and apples, but looking for more) -would use regional food hubs but prefer local producers - Hard to maintain garden in summer with not students - Need to network with other teachers to get resources and connections, lessons, etc - Need staff to support and staff communication about F2S programming - Need info on getting school garden produce into school lunch - Would like to work with Ag teacher to grow edibles for school - Marathon CO- Start HOM and Harvest Dinner/Festival using garden produce - Wood Co- Approach processors to see if they would work with F2S to help get more local food in school lunch - Schools could work together as a central region for orders adn processing - F2S branding- T-shirts, posters, banners - More in school promotion Keep Networking? - No more meetings! - Wood and Marathon County will continue to support each other, helpful to meet at least a few times per year Top take-aways from Networking session - There is help available, you just need to ask - It takes time ot make F2S work (Won’t just happen in one year) - Food service staff and teachers are key - keep them involved South Region Regional Successes - Harvest of the Month - School Audit
  3. 3. NOTES - Training/TA, School Garden - Meal Patterns - Local food once a week - Tasting events - Classroom Educational Activities - Snack Program - Garden Bars - Getting teachers on board - Helping Grantees -Food service directors on board - web presence - ease of processing - knock out excuses and respond - start with small timeframe - PTO involvement - freezing parties - Local Initiative - Menu local food and health planning - Food Aggregation and distribution - Start talking about F2S Regional Needs - More food and gardens in regular meals - Connect F2S with community - Work with administrators - Create patience - Better Policies - Continued communication - Connections- form relationships - Policy- post grant sustainability East Region Regional Needs - Understanding which farmers have insurance - How to engage/speak to parents - Involve other collaborators - How to make connections, what is the first step? - List of resources, Money, how state organizations can help
  4. 4. NOTES - Having a dedicated F2S person - Distributors marking local items Regional opportunities -Staff training that DPI and Monique are doing- more of these (invite one staff member per district) - Anyone can utilize TransformWi evaluation tools - HOM is a great place to start - AmeriCorps is great- dedicated F2S person - Farm Fresh Atlas, Savor, SSfW, Local Harvest Regional Goals -Marketing tools- Kid friendly -Understanding what effect local food has on environment - Expand at least one new local item next year - Centralized F2S website - Unified food safety measures - Open sharing of farm locations Tools and Technology - Equipment and training staff needed (list of grants appropriate for those) - Knife skills, train the trainer, food waste information - Models for evaluation (someone else compiling the information, surveys, etc) Next steps - Networking - Statewide coordination - Statewide listserve - Strategic Plan for state - Map of initiatives South East Region Opportunities/ Goals - HOM - more education for teachers - How does building local markets impact farmers? - Ways to support farmers with interaction/ relationships with schools - School Gardens - Have wellness policies rewritten - Increase engagement of parents in Nutrition - Bigger Greenhouse - Keeping and Establishing a Regional Group
  5. 5. NOTES - WLFN as glue - Maybe a regional listserve for questions and events - Scheduling a Conference Call/ other meeting to stay in touch Resources Needed/ Existing Technology that could be used - Farm Logics - Liability Insurance - GAP certification -Names and contacts for food service directors Other opportunities or needs - How can wellness policies fit in with CHIP? - Regional CHIP meeting - Fitting nutrition standards into DPI - Planning and Nutrition in the curriculum
  6. 6. NOTES - WLFN as glue - Maybe a regional listserve for questions and events - Scheduling a Conference Call/ other meeting to stay in touch Resources Needed/ Existing Technology that could be used - Farm Logics - Liability Insurance - GAP certification -Names and contacts for food service directors Other opportunities or needs - How can wellness policies fit in with CHIP? - Regional CHIP meeting - Fitting nutrition standards into DPI - Planning and Nutrition in the curriculum

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