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Farm to Cafeteria Canada News
April 2021
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Celebrate Earth Day Every
Day with Farm to School!

Earth Day is coming up on April 22nd! The theme for 2021 is Restore Our Earth, with a focus on “natural processes, emerging green technologies, and innovative thinking that can restore the world’s ecosystems.”

Farm to Cafeteria Canada’s vision is vibrant and sustainable regional food systems that support the health of people, place and planet. We know that schools are a powerful space to support our environment and food system, and we’ve seen this power firsthand through farm to school programs. 

Earth Day is a time to learn about and take action for the earth. For farm to school supporters, every day is Earth Day.

To celebrate on April 22nd, we invite you to find some farm to school inspiration through a list of curated resources and school stories on our website. 

Read the full post here:

Celebrate Earth Day Every Day with Farm to School!

Call for Advisory Council Members!


Apply by April 30th
 
Are you passionate about food systems? Interested in helping to bring healthy, local and sustainable food into public spaces? 

We are seeking committed individuals to join the F2CC Advisory Council! The AC is responsible for stewarding the organization’s direction, success, and ensuring long-term sustainability. Members guide and support the National Director and project teams by advising on program development, annual budget planning and fundraising, while helping to grow our national network and strengthening partnerships.

We are committed to building and sustaining an AC that is representative of the unique individuals, sectors, and communities we serve and we welcome applications from people of diverse abilities, cultures, ethnic origin,  gender, age, lived experience, profession and educational background.

Learn more and apply here

Upcoming Webinars

The Three Sisters: History, Culture and Ways of Growing

"We can't have a meal without the Three Sisters," Elder Lix Lopez

In this webinar, Elder Lix Lopez, a member of the Maya in Exile Garden, will highlight the importance of the Three Sisters - corn, beans and squash - for Mayan diet and culture, and other Indigenous peoples on Turtle Island (also known as North America). Participants will learn of the technique used to successfully grow them in the Coast Salish territory. 

This webinar is recommended for school community members ages 12 years and up who are interested in learning more about Indigenous food traditions, in particular the intertwined story of human and plant emigration and adaptation of the Three Sisters.

Date: April 26th, 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. PST (+30min optional Question & Answer session)    
Speaker: Elder Lix Lopez, Maya in Exile Garden member

Learn more & register here


Sea to School

Sea to School is a concept used to describe programs that procure local sustainable seafood for schools. 

Join Food First NL and Fishing for Success to learn more about Sea to School in North America, and opportunities and challenges experienced in developing these types of programs.

Date: April 29th, 2.30pm-3.30pm NST 

(+30min optional Question & Answer session)

Register here

NEW Case Studies Series

We’ve documented stories of how farm to school leaders are creating successful programs in their communities.

Our new case studies follow a Q&A format and focus on details farm to school practitioners can apply to their own programs. Check out our first few case studies and stay tuned for more to come:


Join the Edible Education Community of Practice!

The Edible Education CoP aims to provide a supportive space for those working on Edible Education initiatives  (e.g., farm to school programs, land-based learning, school gardens, cooking programs, outdoor education) to connect with, learn from, and collaborate with other practitioners across the country. 

For more information, including:

  • Highlights from the inaugural meeting, held March 10, 2021

  • How to get involved

  • AND to register for the next meeting 

 visit our Edible Education webpage


Farm to Cafeteria Canada is now on Instagram!

Many of you follow us and share wonderful stories and images on our Facebook group. By doing so, you’ve helped us grow the Farm to Cafeteria movement to a much larger audience. 

Now we’re also on Instagram!, where we hope to reach even more people who share our passion to bring healthy, local and sustainable food to the minds and plates of students, families and whole communities. 

If you’re on Instagram, give us a follow and be sure to tag us in your own posts and share how you’re connecting to local food in your community!

Join us @farm2cafeteria


10 Ways to Get Involved!

No matter if you’re brand new to Farm to Cafeteria Canada, or a long-time member of the community, there are lots of ways to get involved!  

To learn more and get started, check-out our new

Get Involved page

Farm to school benefits the environment!

Learn more about the impacts of farm to school!

Stay connected!

Join our Facebook Group to stay connected to stories about farm to school, farm to campus stories as well as stories that touch on the many facets of food systems. You can also pose questions, share resources. We are also on Twitter.

If you know a colleague or friend who would like to know more about our farm to school work, invite them to sign up here.

Do you have a story to share for the next edition of our newsletter?
Email us at info@farmtocafeteriacanada.ca
 

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