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Great learning opportunities! From Mass Farm to School Project

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From Mass Farm to School:

Greenfield Community College Offers Summer Courses in Sustainable Agriculture for Students and Teachers 

Greenfield Community College is offering summer courses for high school students and teachers in Organic Gardening, Intro. to Sustainable Farming Skills, and Developing Curriculum in Sustainable Food Production.

To learn more about the program for teachers, CLICK HERE! 

Raised Bed Workshop at Gore Place

May 21

In this workshop, long-time farmer Scott Clarke will demonstrate techniques for planting flowers and vegetables in a raised bed.

Learn how to lay out a square-foot garden, choose plants that are good companions, make use of vertical space, and plant directly into a bale of hay.

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Explore ways to develop the soil without the use of synthetic fertilizers so that your soil can feed the plants and vice versa.

Attendees will receive a coupon for the annual Spring Plant Sale on May 27-29.  $25 per person, $20 for Members.

CLICK HERE to buy tickets!

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Healthy Food Fuels Hungry Minds: A Stakeholder’s Conference for School Food

June 1

Harvard University, Cambridge

In this second stakeholders annual conference, join parents, providers, policy makers and advocates as we work together to understand the current climate of school food and develop collaborative ways to to champion and support change.

CLICK HERE for registration & Full Conference Agenda.

This school year let’s make sure our students eat less from a box and more from the earth!

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From Massachusetts Farm to School!

With a new school year beginning we are here to provide you with information and assistance to develop strong farm to school programs that bridge the cafeteria, classroom, and community environments.

Fall is a great time to kick off the school year with delicious, healthy, local foods and there are great programs including Farm to School Month and Food Day to help you promote your work.

We have some fantastic resources and opportunities below. We hope you have a great beginning of the school year and that you enjoy the bounty of the harvest!

Sign up for Harvest of the Month 2015-2016

There is still time to register for Harvest of the Month!

Mass. Farm to School’s Harvest of the Month program promotes a different Massachusetts-grown food each month in school, college, university, and hospital cafeterias and dining areas across the state.

Our goal is to encourage healthy food choices by increasing students’ exposure to seasonal foods while also supporting local farmers and building excitement about school meals.

Schools and institutions pledge to locally source and serve the featured Harvest of the Month food twice each month, to display our beautiful promotional materials, to connect to others in the school community who care about healthy, locally-grown foods, and to share their experience with Mass. Farm to School.

Mass. Farm to School will provide individualized procurement assistance, all the posters, trading cards, and “I tried it!” stickers that you need, as well as downloadable resources, including a family newsletter, for celebrating and educating about the featured foods in the cafeteria, classroom, school garden, and at home.

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New School Food Guide Released

Food Corps member Alex Freedman has written the guide Serving Up Tradition in partnership with Mass. Farm to School.

This guide will help you serve up culturally appropriate school meals and includes step-by-step instructions, tried and true recipes, and case studies from districts across the country. You can read his blog entry about the guide on our website.

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Celebrate Farm to School Month in October!

October is National Farm to School Month, a time to celebrate connections happening all over the country between schools and local food!

Farm to school enriches the connection communities have with fresh, healthy food and local food producers by changing food purchasing and education practices at schools and preschools.

Farm to school is reaching millions of students in all 50 states and Washington, D.C. In addition to improving child health, when schools buy local, they create new markets for local and regional farmers and contribute to vibrant communities, a win-win-win scenario!

Whether you are a food service professional, a farmer, a teacher or a food-loving family, there are plenty of ways to celebrate National Farm to School Month! We will have more information about Farm to School Month soon, and you can learn more by visiting the National Farm to School Network’s website, farmtoschool.org.

CLICK HERE to sign up for the Harvest of the Month and to learn more!