California Farm to School Update

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From Western regional meeting of the National Farm to School Network. Portland, OR. March 20, 2009.

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  • California Farm to School Update

    1. 1. California Farm to School Update Western Regional Farm to School Meeting March 20, 2009 | Portland, OR
    2. 2. California Schools <ul><li>9,821 public schools </li></ul><ul><li>6.3 million students </li></ul><ul><li>51% qualify for free or reduced lunch </li></ul>
    3. 3. California Agriculture <ul><li>Most productive agricultural state in the nation </li></ul><ul><li>CA grows about half of the nation’s fresh produce </li></ul><ul><li>Year round growing season </li></ul>
    4. 4. California Farm to School Estimates <ul><li>100 districts </li></ul><ul><li>1,000 schools </li></ul>
    5. 5. Farm to School Coordinators <ul><ul><li>Davis </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Fresno </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Humboldt </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Los Angeles </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Oakland </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Sacramento </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>San Diego </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>San Francisco </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>San Luis Obispo </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Ventura </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Watsonville </li></ul></ul>
    6. 6. California Farm to School Strengths <ul><li>Year round growing season </li></ul><ul><li>12 years of farm to school </li></ul><ul><li>Abundant farmers’ markets </li></ul><ul><li>Pilot fruit & vegetable grants </li></ul><ul><li>Broad coalition of support </li></ul>
    7. 7. Barriers to F2S and Gardens <ul><li>Low state spending on education </li></ul><ul><li>Limited political support </li></ul><ul><li>Size of state </li></ul><ul><li>Access to local growers </li></ul>
    8. 8. www.cafarmtoschoool.org
    9. 9. For More Information Moira Beery Center for Food & Justice (323) 341-5099 | [email_address] www.cafarmtoschool.org www.csgn.org

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