Maple Apple Gumbo: Farm to School Collaboration in VT

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Erica Curry, Shelburne Farms/VT FEED
Abbie Nelson, NOFA-VT/VT FEED
Danielle Pipher, Shelburne Farms/VT FEED
Andrew Powers, PEER Associates, Inc.

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  • In the CLASSROOM with Teacher Professional Development Courses and Food, Farm, and Nutrition Curriculum Mentorship
    In the CAFETERIA with Food Service Professional Development Courses/Workshops and In-Cafeteria Mentorship
    In the COMMUNITY with Community Partners, Food Nutrition Committees and Community Celebrations
  • Clip meetings complimented and supported the efforts of the newly formed
    Vermont Farm to School Network
     
    A series of regular gatherings of key stakeholders and regional Farm to School practitioners to identify and evaluate promising practices of Farm to School Programs.
  • Sacred work time
    Facilitated action planning process
  • Maple Apple Gumbo: Farm to School Collaboration in VT

    1. 1. Maple Apple Gumbo: Farm to School Collaboration in Vermont Erica Curry, Shelburne Farms/VT FEED Abbie Nelson, NOFA-VT/VT FEED Danielle Pipher, Shelburne Farms/VT FEED Andrew Powers, PEER Associates, Inc. Community Food Security Coalition Conference New Orleans, LA – October 2010
    2. 2. Vermont FEED’s 3 C Model
    3. 3. Provide Outreach Create a Community of Learning, Inquiry & Practice Strengthen Statewide Network Develop Resources
    4. 4. CLIP Participants Include: •Burlington School Food Project •Food Works Farm to Table •Green Mountain Farm to School •Upper Valley Farm to School Network Vermont Farm to School Network Community of Inquiry Learning & Practice (CLIP) •Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets •Vermont Department of Education •Vermont Department of Health
    5. 5. Topics discussed: Sharing our Programs- learning unique elements of FTS programs across the state Evaluation- share current knowledge about FTS evaluation and identify gaps Telling Our Story- How to capture all of the great Farm to School work happening across the state Group Communication Trainings & Professional Development Planning a Summer Workshop Community of Inquiry Learning & Practice (CLIP)
    6. 6.   The CLIP helped inform the first Vermont State Farm to School Institute…     Farm to School Summer Workshop •Collaboration and Community of Learning Expanded to Schools •Workshop Offered for Credit • Action Planning Time and Resource Specialist Support • Focus on the 3 C’s as structure for each day • Teams including: teachers, principals, FTS coordinators, food service, community members, farmers •Highlighting FTS practitioners- having them share their stories
    7. 7. Summer Workshops Focused On:   Building Effective Partnerships   Connecting with Farmers   Assessing Sustainability of your program   Facilitation, planning meetings and  effective group process   Garden based curriculum   Integrating Food, Farm and Nutrition  Curriculum into K-12 schools   Recipes and Cost Effective Buying   The National FTS Scene
    8. 8. Evaluation?
    9. 9. Evaluation!
    10. 10. The Big Question Cafeteria Classroom Community Fruits Vegetables
    11. 11. Challenges 
    12. 12. Challenges
    13. 13. Challenges
    14. 14. Challenges
    15. 15. Challenges
    16. 16. Promising Evidence
    17. 17. Place-based
    18. 18. Evaluation Framework • Availability • Access • Utilization
    19. 19. Data • 12 Schools • 43 Teachers • 655 students • Menus • FSD interviews • Rubrics
    20. 20. Products • Technical report for CDC • Practical report recommending best practices • Evaluation recommendations
    21. 21. Process Outcome VT positioned to expand F2S research, evaluation, and scale up.
    22. 22. Findings (kids eating)
    23. 23. Findings
    24. 24. Preliminary Findings • Eating F&V picked with family • Taste test participation • Useful measures for future evaluation
    25. 25. Discussion Groups Farm to School Evaluation Building a Farm to School Learning Community/Farm to School Network Strengthening and Developing Public/Private Partnerships and Collaboration

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