Feenstra Farm To School Impacts F2 C Conf 3 09

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Gail Feenstra - presentation from workshop titled ' What Does Farm to School Research Tell Us? Making Fact-Based Claims

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Feenstra Farm To School Impacts F2 C Conf 3 09

  1. 1. Farm to School Impacts Gail Feenstra UC Sustainable Agriculture Research & Education Program
  2. 2. <ul><li>Initial increase in purchase of farm fresh, local foods </li></ul><ul><li>Greater variety and amounts of local fruits and vegetables served, used in menus </li></ul><ul><li>Increase in knowledge and value of local foods </li></ul>Results School Food Operational Changes
  3. 7. <ul><li>Modest increases in farmer income (<5%) </li></ul><ul><li>Most-direct sales </li></ul><ul><li>Connections with kids </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Farm tours for kids </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Classroom activities </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Greater connections with community </li></ul>Results Farm Sale Transactions
  4. 8. Results Community/Family Impacts [Center for Rural Studies, Vermont] <ul><li>Child shared info with family (40%) </li></ul><ul><li>Changed family’s eating habits (14%) </li></ul><ul><li>Community awareness about more fresh produce distribution in schools (86% of town meeting) </li></ul><ul><li>Support for more purchases from local farms (97%) </li></ul>
  5. 9. Community Impacts Factors that Contribute to Success <ul><li>Leadership development </li></ul><ul><li>Complementary partnerships </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Diverse stakeholders, community partners </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Creative, resourceful use of assets </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Community farm-to-school teams </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Leverage local policy development </li></ul></ul>
  6. 10. Future Research Needs <ul><li>Research on food service staff </li></ul><ul><li>Role of teachers in changing consumption </li></ul><ul><li>Factors leading to sustained high participation in F2S </li></ul><ul><li>Dietary changes sustained at home </li></ul><ul><li>Relationship of F2S and concrete health outcomes </li></ul>
  7. 11. Future Research Needs <ul><li>Plate waste studies </li></ul><ul><li>Farmer impacts (other than financial) </li></ul><ul><li>Role of policy and impact on F2S viability </li></ul><ul><li>Impact of F2S on communities (and reverse) </li></ul><ul><li>Longitudinal data on health outcomes </li></ul>

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