Joshi F2 C Impacts Portland Mar 2009

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  • Joshi F2 C Impacts Portland Mar 2009

    1. 1. What Does Farm to School Research Tell Us? Making Fact-Based Claims Anupama Joshi National Farm to School Network 4 th National Farm to Cafeteria Conference Portland, March 2009
    2. 2. Farm to School Impacts <ul><li>Students </li></ul><ul><li>Teachers </li></ul><ul><li>Parents </li></ul>
    3. 3. Student Knowledge <ul><li>Increase in student knowledge about: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>nutrition </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>health </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>local foods </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>source of foods </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>seasonality </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>sustainable agriculture </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>environment, eco-systems </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>gardening </li></ul></ul>Photo by Emily Hart Photography
    4. 4. The Kindergarten Initiative The Food Trust, PA
    5. 5. Fresh from the Farm Seven Generations Ahead, IL Correct responses (%) on knowledge about local foods grown in the region
    6. 6. Students - Positive Attitudes <ul><li>Self-reported data from Lozano Elementary School, Spring 2006 </li></ul><ul><li>Fresh from the Farm, Seven Generations Ahead, IL </li></ul>I try to run everyday I grab fruit juice instead of soda after playing outside with friends I told my mom not to buy Coke I stopped drinking root beer with high fructose corn syrup
    7. 7. Students-Positive Attitudes <ul><li>Preference for farm to school lunch (Abernethy Elementary, OR : 44% of students interviewed) </li></ul><ul><li>Willingness to try new foods (MI, VT) </li></ul><ul><li>Changes in perceptions about fast food (VT) </li></ul>
    8. 8. Student Dietary Behaviors
    9. 9. Student Dietary Behaviors <ul><ul><li>Among salad bar programs, fruit & vegetable consumption increased from 25 to 84% </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Average school meal participation increased 9% </li></ul></ul>
    10. 10. Los Angeles USD Pre-Post dietary behaviors
    11. 11. Teacher Impacts <ul><li>Increased participation in school meals </li></ul><ul><li>(6 to 133 lunches per month, CA) </li></ul><ul><li>Self reported improvement in diets (71% in VT program) </li></ul>
    12. 12. Teacher Impacts <ul><li>Overall satisfaction with classroom education and learning activities </li></ul>
    13. 13. Parent Impacts – Chicago, IL <ul><li>Increased awareness about the need for kids to eat required amounts of fruits and vegetables (78%) </li></ul><ul><li>Interest in modifying grocery shopping patterns and cooking at home to include healthier, local options </li></ul><ul><li>Appreciate the importance of healthy diets and buying “locally” (97%) </li></ul>
    14. 14. Parent Impacts - Burlington, VT <ul><li>Willingness to pay more for school lunches made from local foods (45%) </li></ul><ul><li>Belief that local foods curriculum will impacts childrens’ eating habits in the long run (97%) </li></ul><ul><li>Self reported changes in diets (32%) </li></ul>
    15. 15. National Farm to School Network Research & Evaluation Efforts <ul><li>Four sites – </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Springfield, OR </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Riverside, CA </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Saratoga Springs, NY </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Lincoln County, ME </li></ul></ul><ul><li>School Lunch Recall (validated tool) </li></ul><ul><li>Evaluation Toolkit </li></ul>
    16. 16. Farm to School & School Garden Research Consortium <ul><li>Short Course on Research and Evaluation </li></ul><ul><li>Information sharing through website www.farmtoschool.org </li></ul><ul><li>NING site http://datadorksunite.ning.com </li></ul><ul><li>Sharing tools and resources </li></ul><ul><li>Match-making researchers with projects </li></ul><ul><li>Research coordination function </li></ul>
    17. 17. <ul><li>Contact: </li></ul><ul><li>Anupama Joshi </li></ul><ul><li>National Farm to School Network </li></ul><ul><li>323-341 5095 </li></ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul><ul><li>www.farmtoschool.org </li></ul>

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