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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 service and farmers.

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

  1. 1. Farm to Institution Research: Current Status, Opportunities and Resources<br />Anupama Joshi<br />National Farm to School Network<br />Center for Food & Justice, UEPI, Occidental College <br />May 17, 2010 <br />
  2. 2. Farm to School Literature Review<br />“Bearing Fruit”<br />
  3. 3. It’s fun getting messy !<br />Student Impacts<br />
  4. 4. Increase in Fruit and Vegetable Consumption <br />by Students <br />Avg. fruit and vegetable servings/day <br />Los Angeles Unified School District <br />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.<br />
  5. 5. Teacher Impacts<br />
  6. 6. Teacher Impacts<br />Increase in knowledge and awareness<br />Positive attitudes - modeling healthy eating behaviors<br />Changes to classroom activities<br />
  7. 7. Food Service Impacts<br />
  8. 8. % of USDA recommended daily allowance<br />Davis<br /> USD<br />Winters <br />USD<br />Food Service Impacts<br />Compton <br />USD<br />Farm to School Meals Offer Greater Variety and Amounts of Fruits and Vegetables <br />Feenstra Gail and Ohmart Jeri, UC Sustainable Agriculture Research & Education Program<br /><ul><li>Yolo County Farm to School Evaluation Reports - 2004, 2005 and Fall/Winter 2005-06.
  9. 9. Compton Farm to School Demonstration Project Report, July 1, 2004- June 30, 2005.</li></li></ul><li>Farmer Impacts<br />On average 5% increase in income<br />Market diversification<br />Opportunities for exploring minimal processing and preservation<br />Establishment of grower cooperatives / collaboratives <br />
  10. 10. ParentImpacts<br />Increase in knowledge, attitudes awareness<br />Changes in behavior? <br />household shopping patterns<br />Lifestyle changes Family health outcomes<br />Need to document - long term benefits of Farm to School reaching families <br />
  11. 11. Policy Impacts<br />Federal – State – District / Institutional – Local city / county<br />Programs affecting policy development <br />Policy affecting program development and institutionalization <br />
  12. 12. Economic Analysis<br /><ul><li> Invested $160,000 (7¢/lunch)
  13. 13. Inspired purchases = $1,128,317
  14. 14. 401 of 409 economic sectors
  15. 15. 1.86 economic multiplier
  16. 16. 2.43 employment multiplier</li></li></ul><li>Community Impacts<br />Partnerships <br />Economic development <br />Local / Regional Food System development<br />
  17. 17. Farm to College Programs<br />
  18. 18. Future Research Priorities <br />Baseline<br />Creating common templates, tools, systems<br />Using existing national tools – USDA Food Environment Atlas, CDC- SHPPS <br />Students <br />Health <br />Academic links<br />Economics <br />School <br />Farm <br />Local / Regional <br />